Road Rage - A Growing Problem

Winston-Salem, NC 8/5/2014

It's affecting drivers around the globe. It claims hundreds of lives every year.

It's called road rage, a condition that often involves anger or violence associated with on-road driving activities. This serious problem manifests itself through bizarre and often violent behavior. Since 1998, in the USA alone, over 50,000 road rage incidents have been reported to authorities.  Many more go unreported.

What can be done? Most experts agree that the first step is to prepare yourself so that you will not be the next victim. This means avoidance at any cost. You do not know if the driver beside you is a ticking bomb or has concealed weapons in his or her vehicle. It's best to avoid any altercation with other motorists - period! Local and State governments are currently trying to solve this problem through regulations, enforcement and increased penalties. Solutions take time. Don't become a victim - take preventative measures now!
 
Here are some Do's and Don'ts that you can use to prevent a road rage attack:
DO.....
  • move over to allow tailgaters to pass
  • allow plenty of time for any trip you take
  • leave law enforcement to the authorities
  • use the passing lane only to pass
  • contact police with a description of the vehicle, licence number and driver if you are confronted with road rage
  • ignore gestures from other drivers
  • avoid eye contact with other motorists
  • be considerate and courteous
DO NOT.....
  • tailgate or flash your lights at other drivers
  • insist on the right of way if challenged by another driver
  • make eye contact, hand gestures or show irritation with aggressive drivers
  • assume all foolish or aggressive acts by other motorists are intentional
  • honk your horn unless absolutely necessary

Please contact our agency if you have questions about best practices regarding overall driver safety.

 

View All News Articles

What Our Customers Say!

"I saved time and money working with Fletcher Wilson. I will be a customer for life."

Justin Plummer, Crossfit Amplitude

Read what others have to say.

What's New

Claims and Your Insurance Rates
10/24/2017

When is it time to contact your auto insurance or home insurance agent to file a claim?

You might be thinking, "Whenever my car or house has been damaged, like by an accident, or a disaster." But deciding whether to file a claim can be a complex process. In some cases, a claim may cause an insurance company to raise your rates.  In other instances, a claim could land your name in a database that might make it difficult to get or maintain coverage in the future.  Before you file a claim, make sure you completely understand how it will impact your future premiums and insurability.
 
Claims that spike premiums
 
Certain types of home insurance claims are more likely to trigger an increase in premiums. They include:
 
1. Dog Bites
 
2. Water Damage
 
3. Slip-and-Fall Claims
 
"The whole point of insurance is to make good on a loss, to make individuals whole again," says Claire Wilkinson, the editor of Terms + Conditions, the blog of the New York-based trade group the Insurance Information Institute. However, many people fear that filing insurance claims will cause them to be "blackballed" by insurance companies, resulting in higher premiums, loss of coverage and difficulties obtaining new insurance. And in some cases, they might be right.  Read more here:
Read More »

 

What You Should Know About Rental Car Insurance
8/1/2017
There are some very serious contractual gaps in coverage for rental vehicles. Even if you purchase their Collision Damage or Physical/ Loss Damage Waivers, many rental car contracts exclude the following:
  • Theft of the Vehicle
  • Tolling, or Turning the Vehicle Over
  • Lease Gap coverage
  • Loss of Use
  • Glass, Tire and Undercarriage Damage
  • Animal Collision
  • Flood and Hail Damage
  • Damage above the Windshield
  • Individuals who rent personal vehicles for extended periods and do not have a Personal Auto policy in force
  • Drivers who rent, and do not own another vehicle insured elsewhere, need to be expecially careful here
Read More »

 

5 Ways to Control Rising Homeowners Insurance Premiums
6/10/2017
Just as with real estate values, location rules when it comes to homeowners insurance costs. According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the average annual U.S. premium was $842 in 2015, the most recent year for which figures are available. Floridians paid the highest rates, averaging $1,534 a year, while at the opposite end of the spectrum, homeowners in Idaho paid $422.  North Carolina residents averaged $664 per year. 
 
Fortunately, you can take several steps to bring down the cost of your own homeowners policy, short of packing up and moving:
Read More »