The term “road rage”, described as aggressive actions between motorists, can range from verbal arguments to physical, sometimes deadly, force. Many times people involved would not typically display the same type of exaggerated behavior when faced with a similar situation away from their vehicle. The following tips may assist you in avoiding such a situation:
- Allot yourself plenty of time to get to a location. You will drive in a slower, less rushed manner.
- Avoid following other motorist too closely. This is one of the primary initiators of disturbances, as well as a leading cause of traffic accidents.
- Avoid excessive use of your car horn or high beam headlights.
- Signal when you change lanes and allow plenty of room after passing other motorists.
- Use the left lane only for passing. Staying in the lane leads to frustration and anger among motorist waiting to pass.
- Refrain from threatening or rude gestures.
Remain calm and ignore motorists who display this destructive behavior. Immediately report vehicle and license descriptions of aggressive motorist or drive to the nearest police station. Do not stop and engage in a confrontation. Drive safe. You are a role model to your children.