Road rage is felt by millions of Americans, and at times it can get out of control and have deadly consequences. While you may get irritated and complain about a driver that cuts you off, there are those who will take the matter into their own hands and exact justice the way they feel it should be handled. These cases often result in tragedy that could have been prevented. Too often, the problem gets out of hand and it is too late to help.
While you are not responsible for every driver on the road and you cannot control how others act, you can decrease road rage by discouraging it when you are involved in a scary situation on the road.
1. Do not offend with your own actions
If you are driving aggressively and making others mad, it is time to take a step back and slow down. While you may not be at fault if someone overreacts to road rage, you can calm simmering tempers by never driving slow in the fast lane, tailgating, making rude hand gestures or cutting people off.
2. Do not encourage the behavior
When people take their anger out on you, it is often human nature to react in kind and get angry right back. With road rage, this may only worsen the situation and make it more dangerous. Steer clear of angry drivers, avoid eye contact and get help when you feel you are in danger.
3. Plan enough time to get where you are going
Many drivers cut people off or cause road rage simply because they are running late and in a hurry to get where they are going. If you plan ahead and give yourself enough time to get to your destination, you are less likely going to end up tailgating or cutting someone off.
4. Create your own calm atmosphere
Listen to music in your car that relaxes you and keeps you calm. This may decrease your chances of getting angry and starting a fight with a driver next to you. It also helps calm you when you have every reason to be angry because someone cut you off or offended you.
5. Call for help
If you are in an impossible situation and cannot come up with a way to defuse it, do not be afraid to call for help. Pull into a safe parking lot and dial emergency services for help if the other driver is out of control.
Road rage accidents are common, and aggressive driving is a common factor in traffic-related fatalities. If you have been a victim of a road rage incident and are dealing with the fallout, we encourage you to call an attorney immediately.