It’s been said that – “The smartest fighter is the one who avoids the fight in the first place.” When it comes to “road rage” the same words apply. The best way to handle road rage is to avoid it altogether. However, that can be easier said than done.
Here are some tips on how to deal with road rage.
- Don’t tailgate. Not only for the fact that it can increase your chances of a fender bender, but it’s one of the main things that can send an angry driver into a frenzy.
- Don’t make rude gestures. Someone cuts you off or honks at you? Resist the urge of letting them know it bothers you. Even something as simple as throwing your hands in the air can lead to something worse. Just think, maybe that driver could just be having a bad day, so really their actions are not about you; its about them.
- Be courteous. If someone is trying to merge, let them in. This not only helps to avoid traffic build up, it can also prevent a crash. Use your blinker to make sure other drivers know your intentions.
What if another driver starts to get aggressive? Let’s say they roll down their window or swerve into your lane? What do you do?
- Keep your window rolled up and avoid eye contact.
- Get away from that driver as soon as you can.
- NEVER pull over to discuss anything. Don’t get out of your car.
- If it’s really bad, call 911 and give them the other car’s license plate information.
- If they continue to follow you, go to an Emergency Room entrance at a hospital, because there is always someone there to help you when you arrive.