Hey, maybe this has happened to you, and maybe it hasn’t, but I bet you can relate:
I was driving when another driver cut me off.
I was so mad that I wanted to hit the gas and drive up alongside him, maybe throw him one of those single-finger salutes people tend to use.
But right before I stomped on the gas and went at him with all the fury of a middle-aged dad driving a Mini Cooper…
…I realized something very important:
I didn’t want to go to jail!
If that sounds a little dramatic, well, think again – because we all need to…
Stop Making These 3 ROAD RAGE Mistakes
The thing a lot of us forget when we’re behind the wheel is that if we create a situation that gets out of control, we could be held legally responsible.
In other words, if you start sh*t with another driver, and then he comes after you…
…even if you defend yourself because he’s trying to hurt you, a court might think you are the one at fault!
There are 3 BIG mistakes that contribute to a situation getting out of control on the road like that, so let’s run them down one at a time:
1. Assuming It Was Personal Or Intentional
This is the big one, the one that starts most “road rage” incidents.
See, we don’t like to think about this, because most of us believe everything is about us.
When somebody cuts us off, or tailgates us, or honks their horn at us, we figure they’re doing something on purpose to mess with us.
But the fact is, most people aren’t thinking about you.
They just don’t notice, because they, too, are off in their own little world.
When something happens on the road, never just assume it was done to you “on purpose.”
Instead, figure the driver didn’t notice you or just isn’t very skilled… and do NOT get so angry that you go after him.
2. Forgetting That You’re NOT Indestructible
Every guy who ever got so mad that he got out of his car and walked at another vehicle was forgetting something:
The other guy might be bigger… or better.
I mean, think about it.
If you think of yourself as a fairly tough guy, imagine what would happen to some jerk who pulled over and came looking for a fight.
He’d have picked the wrong guy, right?
Well, no matter how tough you are, sooner or later you’re going to meet somebody tougher.
That means every time you “road rage” at someone, you’re rolling the dice that the other guy isn’t a 6-foot-3 linebacker with anger issues.
3. Forgetting The Consequences…
This goes back to what I said about being held responsible for any situation you help create.
It’s bad enough if you “rage” at a guy and you don’t have a weapon.
Make him mad and cause an accident, and you could be held liable for causing the crash.
If you flip him the bird, maybe jump out at a stop sign and walk up to poke your finger in his chest, well…
…If he fights back and you have to take him down, you could be seen as the aggressor.
It’s even worse if you do have a legal concealed weapon.
Say you road rage, you pull over, and you get in the other driver’s face.
If he gets physical, and then you have to shoot him?
Well, you guessed it – a court might decide you helped create that whole incident, and now you’re the bad guy.
Look, I know a lot of this doesn’t make sense.
Our courts are less about “justice” than they are about the letter of the law – and if you want to stay out of jail, you’ve GOT to know when you can and can’t use force.
Avoiding situations where you might be the “bad guy” is just a small part of knowing self-defense law.
I have an entire DVD that covers the basics, and it’s completely FREE.
(All I ask is that you pay for shipping.)
Don’t wait on this, and don’t create a situation that could put you in jail when you finally defend yourself.
Learn how the law works and become a better, smarter armed citizen.