Roadrage 2003 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The driver should feel they are allowed to make the best decision in order to assure their personal safety due to road rage.
Whether there is physical damage or not, it is best that you stay at the scene, if possible. Call 911. Explain you are ‘afraid for your safety because of another driver’s road rage’. Follow their instructions.
While waiting for the police to arrive:
DO NOT LOOK THE ENRAGED DRIVER IN THE EYE
DO NOT RELATE / INTERACT WITH THE ENRAGED DRIVER
DO NOT GET OUT OF THE VEHICLE
LOCK THE DOORS, KEEP THE WINDOWS ROLLED UP
START WRITING YOUR REPORT.
LICENSE PLATE # MAKE AND MODEL OF THE VEHICLE
WHEN: TIME OF THE INCIDENT
WHEN ENRAGED DRIVER IS UNAWARE, TAKE AS MANY PICTURES OF EVERYTHING 360º AROUND YOU WITH YOUR CELL PHONE
Again, if you, the driver, feel that your personal safety is jeopardized, take appropriate action.
In heavy, slow traffic a driver in front of our vehicle stops and gets out, pounds on our driver’s window, and yelling curses. There is no physical damage to the other vehicle. Our driver is startled, concerned and leaves the scene at the first opportunity because there was no accident, and he is concerned for his personal safety. Driver calls in a report to his supervisor. Later, the Road Rage driver called the company, talks to whoever picks up, cursing and threatening to sue and doesn’t leave any information.
There are many probable outcomes from how this driver decided to handle this ‘road rage’ situation. Bottom-line: He was not harmed.
Here are a few:
Scams (live link)
This is one of the possible scenarios which could have developed if the driver stayed put in the example above. This could also be a staged event to help sell car cams. However, it demonstrates how helpless a driver can be when there is an intentional effort to create an accident.