Encountering road rage from other drivers can wreak havoc on your nerves. However, when faced with aggressive behavior on the road, it is essential to remain calm and composed.
Practical solutions to handling road rage may reduce the risk of an accident or injury.
Do not respond aggressively
About 66% of accident fatalities occur because of aggressive driving. When you react with similarly aggressive behavior, you could double your chances of a dangerous confrontation. Try to refrain from anger and instead focus on de-escalating the tension. Do not respond to any provocation and avoid eye contact with the other driver.
Remain a safe distance from the other vehicle
If possible, put distance between you and the aggressive driver. For example, if a vehicle passes you aggressively, do not follow closely. Instead, slow down and remain at a safe following distance. If another car tailgates, find a safe place to pull over to let the other driver pass. The more space you have between you and the other driver, the more time you have to react to the driver’s actions.
Avoid confrontation and offensive language
Individuals experiencing road rage may be prone to violent outbursts when confronted, underscoring the need for avoiding engagement. In practice, this means consciously ignoring any obscene gestures or shouted insults. By maintaining a composed and unprovoked demeanor, you can diffuse the tension on the road and, more importantly, ensure your own safety and that of others sharing the same space.
Stay on the lookout for road rage. When you know how to de-escalate or remove yourself from the situation, you are less likely to have a road rage-induced accident. However, if you cannot de-escalate or feel unsafe, you should rely on law enforcement.