Here are a few tips on how to deal with aggressive drivers, plus helpful hints to reduce your own stress while driving.
If you are dealing with an aggressive driver, make sure your doors are locked. If you’re stopped in traffic, leave enough room to pull out from behind the car you’re following. If an aggressive driver confronts you, dial 911 or go to the nearest police station.
Don’t take it personally
Be polite and courteous, even if the other driver isn’t. Avoid any conflict, if possible. If another driver challenges you, take a deep breath and move out of the way! Never underestimate the other driver’s capacity for causing mayhem.
Reduce your own stress
Allow plenty of time for a trip and listen to soothing music when you drive. Make sure your seat position and climate are both comfortable for you. And mostly understand that you cannot control traffic, only your reaction to it. In the end, you may find that personal frustration, anger and impatience are the real danger zones on the highway.
Report aggressive drivers
Some states have a phone number that you can use to report dangerous driving to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Keep the number handy on your cell phone. If you make a call, be sure you give a vehicle description, license number, and the location and travel direction. You could prevent a tragedy.
Be a courteous driver
You can set the example, which can help make our roads safer.
- Control your anger.
- Don’t take traffic problems personally.
- Avoid making eye contact with an aggressive driver.
- Don’t make obscene gestures.
- Don’t tailgate.
- Use your horn sparingly — even a polite honk can be misinterpreted.
- Don’t block the passing lane.
- Don’t block the right turn lane.
Talk to others
Share a recent road rage incident with members of your family and friends, or even with community groups. This will help you better understand the situation and protect you in the future.