LUFKIN, TX (KTRE)- Tis' the season to have road rage? More construction brings heavy traffic, which makes for some cranky holiday shoppers.
"People get irritated waiting in traffic like with construction and they'll try to get out of line and zoom up and try to cut off cars. That's the only thing that's kind of irritating because I'm not going to let them in," said driver Collier Griffin.
Bad road behavior can escalate quickly.
"We have seen these lead to physical contact. We've seen guns pulled on people over these things. That's just crazy," said Lt. David Young.
Crazy and unnecessary.
"It's all about being patient, being courteous to other drivers and just really keeping your head on," said Texas Department of Public Transportation Information officer Kathi White.
Keeping your cool implies, "no tail gating, no horn blowing, none of that stuff because it just makes things worse," said White.
Okay, so most everyone has experienced some form of road rage but even when that person flips you the bird, it's important to stay calm.
"Everyone just needs to take a little extra time, take a deep breath and give them the peace sign. Give them two fingers and just let it flow off your back. Make it a good holiday season and just avoid this," said Young.
Police say road rage can quickly turn from an everyday frustration to a dangerous encounter.
If the situation worsens, officials say avoid making eye contact and if necessary just dial 911.
And remember you never know who's driving in front of you. Avoid a bad situation, and just smile and wave.