One of the most important parts of safe driving is dealing with road rage – whether it be your own or another driver’s. Road rage is responsible for countless car accidents, injuries, and millions of dollars in damage every year. One study even found that 30% of surveyed drivers felt like their personal safety was at risk within the past month.
Follow these tips from Stewart Law Offices to minimize road rage and all of its potential problems:
How to handle your own road rage
We have all experienced reckless acts of other drivers. Whether someone swerved out of their lane, turned without a blinker, or simply cut you off, it is important to stay calm and composed. Here are a few tips to help you do just that:
- Never tailgate. Not only does following too closely put you at risk of rear-ending the car in front of you, it is viewed as a hostile act which can escalate the situation.
- Don’t glare or make rude gestures. If another driver does something obnoxious, it is best to let it go. A harsh glare or sticking up a finger (you know which one) will not solve your problems.
- Take calming, preventative measures. Small steps can go a long way towards preventing road rage. If you feel your blood starting to boil, try putting on soothing music, taking deep breaths, or pulling over and allowing yourself time to regain your composure.
How to handle other drivers’ road rage
Nobody is perfect. If one of your mistakes sparks another driver’s road rage, it is imperative to diffuse the situation as quickly as possible. You never know what a stranger is capable of:
- Show remorse. Give a simple courtesy wave or mouth “I’m sorry” to the driver you have upset.
- Give yourself distance. If the road allows for it, back off and give the aggressive driver room to speed ahead of you. Distancing yourself from the driver means distancing yourself from potential problems.
- Never pull over the side of the road. In extreme cases, the angry driver might motion you to pull over to the side of the road to “settle the situation”. Do Not Do This.
Has someone else’s road rage or reckless driving caused you injury? If you have been seriously hurt in North Carolina or South Carolina, the attorneys at Stewart Law Offices can help you seek recovery for your damages. Contact us online to get started with a free case evaluation, or call (866) 783-9278.