We’ve all encountered an angry, aggressive driver at some point in our lives. They’re the ones who zip in and out of lanes at high speeds, break rules of the road simply to get ahead, tailgate others, and even shout or make rude gestures at other drivers. Finding yourself on the road with one of these drivers can be a very dangerous situation for you, the passengers in your car, and others on the road with you. In fact, aggressive driving plays a role in approximately 66% of traffic fatalities. That accounts for 2 out of 3 fatalities on the road!
If you come in contact with a driver full of road rage, you should take the necessary steps to increase your safety and protect those in your car and others around you. Be the better person – protect yourself and others with these 6 quick tips:
Move Over – If you notice someone tailgating you, don’t make them angrier by going slower or at the same speed, and don’t endanger yourself and others by speeding up. Instead, simply move over as soon as you can and let that driver pass.
Avoid Eye Contact – Sometimes making eye contact with the aggressive driver can increase their anger. They may take your look as a form of a challenge and become even more aggressive. Just ignore them as they pass by and make sure to give them plenty of room.
Ignore, Ignore, Ignore – Did you know that 50% of drivers tend to react angrily to those who exhibit angry behaviors on the road? If someone tailgates you, treats you poorly, or makes rude gestures at you, the best thing you can do is to ignore it. It protects your safety and health and can ultimately protect those around you.
Always Wear a Seatbelt – Remember, your seat belt will protect you in the event that you need to make a quick defensive move on the road. It can also save your life in the event of an accident, so never forget to wear it while you’re behind the wheel!
Stay Calm – Don’t let a driver’s poor behavior get the best of you. Do your best to stay calm. You can do this by giving yourself plenty of time for delays on your trip and listening to your favorite music. Also, use your horn only if you absolutely need to.
Report Them – Is someone driving erratically or being too aggressive on the road? Call the police to report it before the incident gets any worse. You could wind up preventing an accident!
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