How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Road Rage – Tips From IAM RoadSmart
We have all come across road rage at some point in our driving lives. When it happens, it can leave you feeling intimidated and scared.
But with a bit of planning you can prevent the situation altogether. Richard Gladman, head of driving and riding standards, provides a few top tips about how to avoid being a victim of road rage, and what to do if it escalates.
Hopefully by now the matter is over and you are driving away. Do acknowledge that this incident will have affected your behaviour. If you feel upset or emotional pull over and get some fresh air or walk around if you need to before resuming your journey.
Find some distraction like listening to the radio - move your mind deliberately onto something else – deliberately driving well would be a good example – but don’t dwell on the incident.
Richard said: “Road rage does not affect everyone every day. If you’re finding it is happening very often, you might want to think about how you engage with other road users.
“Unlike pedestrians walking towards each other; who can easily get a feel of what the other person will do, where they might go or the mood they’re in, you have no such opportunities cocooned in your car.”
He concluded: “No-one need experience road rage, but it us up to each of us to ensure it stays that way.
“So it is important not to be antagonistic or obstructive, perhaps making a person already having a bad day boil over.”