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Posted on: May 14, 2019

How to Avoid Road Rage

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Do you have any of these signs of being an aggressive driver?

  • Tailgating
  • Cutting other off
  • Not using turn signatls
  • Flipping people off
  • Mentally or verbally cursing other drivers
  • Speeding
  • Honking
  • Flashing your headlights
  • Brake checking

How can you calm down if you are the aggressive driver?

  • Plan ahead - give yourself enough time to get places, avoid stressful driving situations, etc.
  • Take deep breaths - maybe even count backwards.
  • If you feel like you need to take a minute, pull over to a safe location out of the way of traffic.
  • Remember you have full control over your own actions and thoughts.
  • Think about the consequences of your actions, should you contemplate exacting revenge on the other driver.
  • Don't allow someone you don't know and will never see again to dictate your mood and the quality of your day.
  • Keep some snacks in your car for while you drive.  Being hungry in traffic is the worst.
  • Ask yourself if there is anything outside of the car that's making you upset that you need to address, and then pull over and calm down.

When aggression turns to rage a driver may hit their vehicle into another car, they may run them off the road, engage in physical confrontations, or use a weapon to inflict harm on the other driver.  

What to do if an aggressive drive is mad at you:

  • Do not make eye contact.
  • Distance yourself from the aggressive driver.  If they follow you make your way to the closest police station.
  • Mouth that you're sorry.
  • Allow plenty of room for them to pass you.

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