How do you avoid road rage? With the recent public outcry against the gruesome outcome of a road rage between an army reservist car owner and a biker that resulted in the latter’s death, one could not help but contemplate on how the driver could have avoided such incident. We are publishing here tips for drivers on how to avoid finding yourself in a similar regrettable situation.
Top 5 Ways to Avoid Road Rage
1. Don’t show a physical reaction to an aggressive driver’s behavior.
In particular, you should avoid eye contact, as this is often seen as a sign of mutual aggression. Drivers experiencing road rage are similar to aggressive animals in the wild, which according to some psychologists, might not be too far off.
2. Keep control of your own temper when someone is driving aggressively.
Remember that many people don’t view their own actions as aggressive. Surveys have shown that drivers often think of their own actions as assertive, but not aggressive. Try not to match another driver’s behavior.
3. Don’t use your car horn to express displeasure at other drivers – doing so might make them more aggressive.
It’s extremely difficult to resist the urge to express yourself. Individual expression has deep roots in our culture, and to deny yourself that venue seems counterintuitive and unnatural. Try to keep in mind that there are more important factors than your displeasure. Remember that your safety, the safety of your vehicle and the safety of everyone around you is far more important than your sense of indignation.
4. The best way to avoid road rage is to practice good driving habits.
Try to be courteous to your fellow drivers. As in life, you must practice the art of give and take and should not do things that are only to your advantage. You must take into consideration what is best for you and the other motorists. Give way if you must. You do not own the road and everyone else is in a hurry as you are.
5. When you do encounter an aggressive driver, it’s better to let him have his way, even when it feels unfair.
It’s easy to think of this as letting the bad guy win, but try to avoid that mentality. It’s more important to think of driving as a group experience instead of a competition. Try to increase the distance between you and the aggressive driver. Remember that he is likely under just as much stress as you are — he’s just really bad at handling it.
If you have a quick temper and you are the often out there driving, keep these tips in mind. You do not know who among those you encounter on the road has the tendency to lose their temper too and losing yourself to road rage in that one split second could be one of the biggest regrets of your life– but not if you can help it.