Losses and Lessons: Custom 1940 Ford gets some unwanted front-end work

VEHICLE INVOLVED: 1940 Ford Deluxe hot rod

WHAT WENT WRONG: From obscene gestures to aggressive driving and even violence, road rage has become all-too common these days. And classic and collector cars are hardly immune. The owner of a 1940 Ford Deluxe hot rod was cruising a country road when the driver of a 2012 Nissan Maxima began tailgating. After swerving from side to side to show his displeasure at the Ford’s moderate speed, the driver of the Maxima sped past and slammed on his brakes. Unable to stop in time, the Ford crashed into the rear of the Nissan.

DAMAGE/LOSS: No one was injured, but the hot rod suffered damage to its bumper, grille, hood and headlights. Cost of repair and repaint was $5,985, which Hagerty paid.

LESSON: No one wins when road rage is on board. Always be courteous to other drivers, and never engage someone who is obviously unhappy with your driving – whether or not you believe you did something wrong. If you’re being tailgated, pull off the road if necessary and allow the car to pass. And always be prepared for the worst possible scenario – the driver ahead of you slamming on their brakes, for instance. Avoid aggressive behavior of any kind, not only for the sake of your car but for your own safety.