Road rage is an issue that almost everyone can experience if they are not careful. Driving aggressively and angrily can increase the risk of car accidents, injuries, and death. The good news is it can easily be avoided with a few simple steps.
Even though aggressive driving habits can be seen anywhere, the most dangerous cases of road rage occur when two or more parties have negative responses to one another while driving. Cutting off another vehicle in traffic can further escalate aggressive tendencies if you lay on your horn or make lewd gestures.
If you have been subjected to rude drivers dealing with road rage of their own, the most important thing you can do is not engage with their behavior. If you think twice before responding angrily, you can avoid the greater risk of a car wreck.
Integrating Polite Habits Behind the Wheel
Begin to practice habits that will not invoke a response in other drivers, especially those that are already more likely to struggle with road rage. Avoid driving habits like tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, flashing your brights, driving slowly in the passing lane, merging sporadically, and especially cutting off another vehicle.
If another driver is obviously wanting to get around you, slow down and let them pass. Avoid making rude or obscene gestures back at them. Do not try to behave like the police, and try not to make eye contact with a driver looking for a reason to be instigated into doing something even more reckless.
Finally, it would help if you only use your horn when it is necessary to do so. If it is crucial to get another driver’s attention, lightly tap the horn. Only assertively honk when attempting to avoid a dire circumstance. If you have made a mistake while in your vehicle, apologize to the driver that you wronged. This usually will deescalate all perturbed parties involved.
When Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell, LLP Can Step In
If you are a victim of a car accident due to another person driving their car aggressively and recklessly, you could be entitled to compensation to help with your damages. Our team of experienced attorneys is more than qualified to help you have the best odds to get the money you need and the justice you deserve.
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