Whether we’re driving on a busy multi-lane highway, or in a much quieter country area, most of us have experienced road rage at some time or other. Aggressive drivers can pose a major safety concern on our roads. Here are the most effective ways to avoid road rage so that you arrive safely and stress-free at your destination.
1. Always smile and give a friendly wave when another driver shows you a courtesy, such as letting you in when traffic is congested. Get in the habit of showing the same courtesy yourself. For example, allow space and let another driver in when they’re trying to merge. Think of it as the on-road version of spreading goodwill.
2. Don’t use your horn unless it’s absolutely necessary for a potentially dangerous situation. On the road, a blaring horn is the equivalent of a raised and angry voice. Consequently, if another driver is rudely beeping at you for no good reason, just take a deep breath and don’t allow yourself to be offended.
3. When confronted by an aggressive driver, stay out of their way as much as you can. Ignore any angry gestures they make, don’t make eye contact, never speed up or block their vehicle, and you stand the best chance of defusing the situation.
4. If you’re on edge yourself before starting out, relax by listening to calming music either before or during your drive. And whenever possible, allow plenty of time. Whether there is road construction, heavy traffic or bad weather, there are often delays, usually when we least expect them, and they are the most common reasons for on-road stress.
5. Never make gestures of frustration. As harmless as you may think they are, they could be taken the wrong way and cause anger in another driver.
Each year, there are more and more vehicles on our roads, increasing the potential for road rage. Observing these tips will help you avoid being swept up in the actions of aggressive drivers.
At Not My Fault, we hope you never have an accident as a result of road rage, or for any other reason.
If, however, you do have an accident and you are not at fault, then you are entitled, under Australian law, to an accident replacement car while your vehicle is undergoing repair. Keep our number on you – 1800699034 – and give us a call if such a need should arise.