Road Rage Safety Tips
Aggressive driving behaviors, such as speeding and tailgating, can often lead to road rage. Road rage, whether it's felt when stuck in traffic or when you're the victim of another driver's frustration, is a common experience. Learning how to avoid road rage will help you drive calmly and lawfully. Being a responsible, courteous driver can go a long way in preventing road rage.
For your own safety and the safety of others, drive smart and don't let the road bullies get to you. Here's how to keep your cool behind the wheel.
Be well rested when you drive. Driving without enough rest can make you more irritable and dangerous.
Stay in the car. Under no circumstances should you pull over to try and straighten out the situation.
Do not respond with an angry gesture or action. Be polite and courteous, even if the other driver is not.
Keep a "SORRY" sign in the car and use it when needed to defuse the situation.
Keep your cool. Losing your temper won’t make the other person a better driver, so take the high road and let it go.
If another driver challenges you, avoid eye contact and move out of the way.
Report aggressive driving behavior to the appropriate authorities by providing a vehicle description, license plate number, location and direction of travel.
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