Feeling annoyed or irritated behind the wheel is always frustrating, but road rage can be dangerous for you and other drivers.

Intense road rage can lead to reckless and unsafe driving habits.

Increased speeding

According to Psychology Today, there are many influences for aggressive driving. One major problem that arises is an increase in speeding, often because of a pursuit of another vehicle. Going over the speed limit by a significant amount increases your likelihood of losing control of your car.

Possible continued aggression

It is a common phenomenon to feel frustrated by another person’s driving to the point of wanting to honk your horn or even yell out your window. Unintentional mistakes made in the heat of the moment, such as not noticing a traffic light, can affect you and others on the road.

However, this conflict can quickly become physical if one person steps out of his or her car. In some cases, a person may have a bat or other weapon and injure you during this incident.

Problems with traffic

Breaking highway rules or merging too closely near another car can put you at risk for an accident. It may seem tempting to run red lights or drive over curbs in order to catch up to another vehicle, especially if the other driver is taunting you. You may even ignore right-of-way rules for oncoming traffic.

Tailgating or weaving wildly between lanes confuses other people and can lead to a crash, especially on busy roads or highways. Road rage affects not only your mental state but your driving and safety as well.