‘Bike rage’ is similar in form to road rage and manifests itself as a verbal or physical act of aggression between a cyclist and another road user, often another cyclist. Bike rage should be avoided and can increase the chances of being involved in a road traffic accident. Here are 5 sure signs that one is experiencing ‘bike rage.’
- Increased stress levels
‘Bike rage’ causes a number of psychological changes within the body and can identify if an episode is about to occur. Changes will include, shortness of breath, frustration, increased heart rate, adrenaline rushes and dry mouth.
- Making rude gestures
One of the most passive ways in which a cyclist can suffer from ‘bike rage’ is by making rude or obscene gestures towards other road users who may have been in the wrong. It is not recommended to make any rude gesture in the case of a narrowly avoided road traffic collision as this can increase the chances of the altercation becoming violent.
- Shouting at other road users
Your voice can be an excellent means to alert other road users to your presence but shouting at other road users is a sure sign of ‘bike rage.’ Refrain from shouting at other road users even in frustrating circumstances.
- Physical violence
Over the years there have been many reported incidents of cyclists reacting physically in the wake of an accident or near miss. Some cyclists have even followed road users to their destination and assaulted them. No matter how poor the standard of driving is, it is not a legal defence when it comes to assaulting another road user. Report the motorist or other cyclist to the police.
- Damaging property
Some sufferers of ‘bike rage’ have decided to get revenge in a completely different way. There have been reports of cyclists following a motorist to their place of work and keying their car.
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Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice