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We all get frustrated once in a while but we should know better, particularly when it comes to road rage. Road rage can be very dangerous, it does not matter if you are the victim or some else road-raging or you are the aggressor.
How to avoid road rage situations? Why you should avoid them?
It can lead to serious injuries and even death. It acts like a chain reaction when someone gets you really frustrated in traffic, and you simply lose your focus and temper and start driving carelessly.
We all must admit we have been in these situations before, so how can we control our road rage?
Here are some tips on how to deal with it, for your sake and for the sake of others.
Why should you avoid road rage?
This is a common issue between drivers, mostly younger ones, but we are here to show you some facts and statistics to prove how dangerous road rage can be.
- Since 2009, there have been more than 1500 fatalities from aggressive driving caused by road rage.
- From 2013 to now, there have been more than 10 000 accidents caused by road rage, and 240 were fatal.
- Almost 40% of aggressive accidents involve a firearm.
- Only half of the drivers respond kindly to road rage.
These are some of the consequences you should consider next time before getting very angry at a fellow driver.
What are the Causes of Road Rage?
There are a lot of things that can cause road rage, someone took your parking space, or someone is driving very slowly in front of you, maybe you are being tailgated, or simply someone gave you the finger. Now, these are common things that can make a driver go mad, but mostly the road rage goes further back to some preexisting stress, or troubles on your mind. We are here to tell you to take a chill pill and relax for a minute.
How to Avoid Road Rage?
We all know there are reckless and angry drivers everywhere, driving like they are the only ones in a hurry, or they are the only ones on the road, but it’s very important for you to try to remain calm and collected in these situations. Here are a couple of tips you will find helpful when you encounter an angry driver.
- Be polite and relaxed. Maybe you should practice being polite when driving, try not to get fired upon everyone who cuts you off, tailgates you, or is speeding. This is very important because it needs two people to start a fight, and if you don’t participate the fight can be easily avoided. We must know that the change begins with us, try to make your trip more pleasant by doing this.
- Don’t drive too fast. It’s important to slow down, if there’s an aggressive driver just let him pass and be on his way.
- Avoid using your horn in these types of situations. Horns are supposed to be used in emergency situations and getting a driver’s attention, but by honking ones and lightly, not ten times. Extensive use of the horn is a common way to get someone frustrated, so keep this in mind.
- Don’t do any rude gestures to other drivers. If someone gets you very angry, just try to keep calm and avoid giving him the finger or any other offensive gesture.
- Don’t be afraid to apologize. If you have done something wrong, it’s totally okay to apologize to other drivers. We are all human and we make mistakes, no one will think less of you if you do this.
- Try not to drive when you are very angry. We all have problems in our life that can get us very angry, maybe a fight with the girlfriend or with your boss, but it’s very important to understand how dangerous angry driving can be. You will lose your focus, you will drive faster than the limit, and you won’t care about anything except the one problem that is on your mind. Driving is a serious thing, where besides injuring yourself you can injure an innocent driver or bypasser.
Now, we tried to mention the most common causes of road rage, and more importantly the solutions. We are sure that while reading this, you will notice you have been in one or more situations like these, so next time try to avoid it by using what you learned here. Do it not just for yourself, but for every other participant.