When driving a car through the busy streets of Sydney – or any other heavy volume area at peak traffic time – it can be easy to become frustrated or angry at the slow pace, especially if you are in a rush to get somewhere.
However, it is important to learn strategies to cope with this type of stress, as letting your anger escalate can lead to road rage, which may have catastrophic consequences for both you and your fellow motorists.
Rage is a heightened emotion and may cause you to think irrationally and make poor decisions, and in some cases threaten the lives of other drivers.
Not only is this type of behaviour illegal, it is also incredibly dangerous and reckless, and it can put other people on the road at considerable unease.
Earlier this month, a man allegedly got so enraged that he brandished a handgun at three people in a car, while kicking and punching the vehicle.
This incident occurred on Sunday August 12 at approximately 19:00 in the evening, along Canley Vale Road in Canley Heights, south west Sydney.
A 31-year-old woman was driving a Honda Jazz, accompanied by two passengers – a 28-year-old male and 19-year-old female – when a white hatchback pulled out in front of her.
In response, the woman beeped the horn, which prompted the driver to stop the car and then get out and approach them.
According to the people sitting in the Honda Jazz, he allegedly threatened them with a handgun and then punched and kicked the car.
Fortunately in this case the threats went no further, with the man returning to his vehicle and speeding away.
The three people in the Jazz immediately went to the Cabramatta Police Station to file a report, and the driver had to be taken to Liverpool Hospital to be treated for shock.
Officers gained information from the passengers, and were able to track down the offender the following day.
At a home on Torrens Street in Canley Heights, three replica handguns were found and confiscated.
A 29-year-old man was arrested and was scheduled to appear in court yesterday (August 30).
If you are ever the victim of road rage and it causes damage to your health or your vehicle, then you may be eligible for car accident compensation.