We all have days in life when we are frustrated or angry. Driving in such a state is always dangerous, not only for yourself but for others around you as well. When you hit the road frustrated and some other driver offends you, it is a recipe for disaster as it can lead you to engage in road rage. The same is true for other drivers since they can easily be elicited into road rage, by your behavior. However, for your own safety’s sake, you must avoid behavior which might provoke others into road rage. At the same time you must also ensure that you do not indulge in aggressive driving yourself. In this article, we take a look at some tips which could help you to avoid your road rage as well as to avoid other aggressive drivers, in order to curtail the circumstances caused by their road rage.
How to control your own road rage:
1) Be courteous: One of the most important tips to keep in mind while you are behind the wheel is to be courteous. Learn to ignore or forgive other drivers’ actions which might seem aggressive to you. If you do not ignore such actions by other drivers, you might be tempted to retaliate which will cause you to engage in road rage. Remember that what might seem aggressive driving to you might simply be a mistake on part of the other driver.
2) Avoid tailgating: When you tailgate, it is mostly considered aggressive driving by others. More often than not, it makes other drivers nervous and can end up in a situation where you are seen as someone wreaking road rage, even if it is not your intention. Tailgate can always culminate into a rear end accident as well, where the blame would be put squarely on you. So it is better to avoid it altogether.
3) Do not try to teach a lesson: It is also important to keep tabs on your driving style. You might be unconscious of the fact that your driving style is reminiscent of aggressive driving. Road ragers tailgate, honk their horns needlessly, change lanes very quickly and harshly, flash their headlights and make offending gestures to others while driving. Do you bear any of these traits in your driving style? If yes, then you definitely need to change your driving style in order not to be considered an aggressive driver.
Now let us turn our focus towards dealing with others’ road rage.
How to deal with aggressive drivers:
1) Ignore them: The best thing to do when you encounter an aggressive driver is to ignore him completely. Do not make eye contact with him even if you know he is needlessly glaring at you with contempt. Making eye contact might be a sign of challenge to him which might engulf him in more rage.
2) Do not retaliate: Never return any offending gestures you receive from an aggressive driver. Just learn to let go. The last thing you want is to enrage an already-enflamed driver by returning an inappropriate gesture.
3) Practice safety: If you feel threatened or harassed by an aggressive driver who is chasing you, never lead him to your home. Instead, try to drive to a public place with lots of people around. Alternatively, you could also drive to the closest police station. This might cause the road rager, with quarrelsome intention, to stop following you.
The crux of this article is that you should always try to avoid confrontation with other drivers while driving. Keep hold of your own emotions and make a conscious effort to ignore other frustrated drivers, who are engaged in aggressive driving. If you do enter into a quarrel, it might end badly. Just remember, it is not worth your life! So just keep these tips in mind the next time you hit the road and have a safe journey.