Prevent Road Rage - Don't Take Your Anger on the Road

Road Rage!That uncontrolled anger or frustration because of other drivers or traffic conditions is becoming a serious problem throughout the country.  A majority of drivers get angry when someone cuts them off or tailgates them - which one are you?  Here are some tips to avoid road rage:
 
  • Allow yourself enough time to reach your destination!  Time seems to be the enemy - make it your friend.
  • Don’t drink or do other drugs and drive.
  • Don’t ride with drivers who are under the influence.
  • Keep your car in good working condition; gas tank full.
  • If your car breaks down, pull over and stay inside with the doors locked and the windows rolled up.  Wait for the police to arrive or ask a passing motorist to call the police for you.
  • Keep a reasonable distance between you and the car in front of you, and make sure that you aren’t cutting someone off when you change lanes.
  • Drive in the passing lane only when you are passing another car, and be sure to use your signals.
  • Use your horn sparingly - as a warning, not an outburst.
  • Don’t make obscene gestures to other drivers; no matter how upset they make you - even if they make obscene gestures at you.
  • Don’t fight over parking spots.

If confronted by an aggressive driver:

  • Move out of the way.
  • Never challenge them by speeding up or atttempting to hold-your-own in your travel lane.
  • Wear seatbelt--it will protect you if you need to make an abrupt driving maneuver.
  • Ignore gestures.
  • If you have a cellular phone and can do so safely, call the police.
  • When reporting the driver to the police, if possible, get the vehicle description, license plate number, location, and direction of travel.
  • If the aggressive driver becomes involved in a crash, stop a safe distance from the scene, call the police, and wait for their arrival to make a witness report.
  • Avoid confrontations of an aggressive driver.  Safety is the main priority.

To report an aggressive driver, dial 9-1-1 or to make a report, call non-emergency at 847-741-2151.