Road rage: we’re sure you already felt like doing this. But this is why you shouldn’t. Never

We are sure you happened to be in the road one of these days. And that you were in a hurry, trying to get somewhere when someone got in front of you. And this someone seemed to have nothing more to do than to stick to the fast lane. If you have a big car, we are sure you have already felt like pushing the guy out of the way. You can confess that, we all have. But this video clearly shows why you shouldn’t succumb to road rage. Never.

This scenes were captured by unidentified authors and publish by Noah Wilson in his Facebook page. Wilson is the teenager driving the Nissan 300ZX along the Highway 62 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, that got slammed by the Dodge RAM in the video. He and his girlfriend, Gracie Bottger, were in the car. No one was hurt, but they could have died.

Wilson says that he was holding the pick-up driver back because he got nervous with his tailgating. And that he did not do anything intentionally, just out of fear. You can read his full report clicking here. We honestly don’t believe him. He drives a 300ZX. A fearful teenager would drive an econobox. A Prius, perhaps, never a 300ZX, a fast car even by today’s standards. Wilson can admit he was holding the pick-up driver back. All he will be charged of is being a prick. The pick-up driver, still not identified, will be charged of attempted murder. And there are even worse cases, such as the one below.

This has happened in Brazil in 2013, apparently in one of the best Brazilian roads, in São Paulo. We know very little about this story, but the information we have is that the white car, a Fiat Idea taxi, would have sworn at the Citroën C3 driver and also threatened to throw him out of the road a little earlier. The mutual provocations have ended as the video shows. Luckily, no one was killed. We have no idea if the C3 driver was ever found or prosecuted. But he should have been.

Sometimes, the rage does not need a road to happen. Just a reason to make a driver mad, such as someone who parks their cars as if nobody else existed.

This also happened in Brazil, more precisely in Goiânia. The Hyundai Azera belonged to a physician. He was travelling when the Chevrolet S10 driver, one of his neighbors, lost his temper and smashed his Azera against the wall. Apparently with no damages to the pick-up. Pay attention to the role inversion here: the physician is the bad guy in the beginning. He is the one that has parked as if both spots were his. With the S10 driver attitude, the physician suddenly becomes the victim. Is it fair?

In these cases, the road rage drivers use their own vehicles to hit others, one thing that confirms our alert about people turning their cars into guns. It is very wrong to call these things accidents because they present a clear will component: the drivers wanted to cause damage. There are even worst cases of road rage in which people fight or threaten their “opponents” with guns. We won’t publish these videos here. We just wanted to remind you that it is fundamental to chill out. Resist your rage. Not for the sake of the assholes that you may find along the way (one day they will get what they deserve). But for your own and your family’s. Remain calm and never do something that you may regret forever, especially behind the wheel.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.