We talked to several experts and gathered some tips on how to avoid raging, or being raged at, while driving.
- Wear your seat belt. This is, of course, always essential for safe driving, but if you're involved in a potentially dangerous situation with an angry driver, it's even more important.
- Don't let your pride overtake your rationality. Don't feel you have to "rise" to the challenge. Even if the other driver is at fault, let it go.
- If someone is following or chasing you, try to avoid them. Make every attempt to simply get out of their way.
- Do not challenge them by speeding up or attempting to hold your own in your travel lane.
- Avoid eye contact. Locking eyes can often escalate the dispute.CBS
Five people were killed in an upstate New York accident, which was caused by aggressive driving.
- Ignore other drivers' angry gestures toward you. Even more importantly, don't respond in kind. Be careful, even when trying to make a signal of apology. These can often be misinterpreted as an indication of anger.
- Give yourself enough time to get to where you're going. A rushed driver is very often an angry, frustrated driver. And in rushing, you're also more likely to make the kind of mistakes that can ignite an incident.
- Report aggressive drivers to the police.
- If you are involved with an ongoing altercation with an enraged driver, and you have a cellular phone and can do it safely, call the police from your car.
- If you find yourself getting angry, relax, take a deep breath, and try to wait a moment before you react. One key, experts say: try to empathize with other drivers. Think of them not as anonymous jerks who are trying to hamper your trip, but as fellow human beings who, like you, have shortcomings.
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Written by David Kohn