Road rage happens because of frustrations while driving such as being cut off by another driver, being forced to sit behind a slow vehicle, and many more. It is normal to be frustrated and angry with such situations but you need to make sure that you handle it properly. Road rage can escalate quickly and may cause accidents on the road. Below are things to remember if you are dealing with raging drivers:
Avoid making any gestures or signals back. Make no rude or obscene gestures toward the other driver, such as shaking your fist or flipping them off. These crude gestures can exacerbate road rage and increase the likelihood that the other driver will make a careless decision that leads to an accident.
Get out of the way. When you notice a driver behaving aggressively around you, try to move out of the way. Allow them to pass you by changing lanes. Allow them to pass, if necessary, by pulling over to the side of the road.
Keep calm. You may find it difficult to avoid responding once the cycle of rage has begun. To retaliate for the aggression directed at you, you may accelerate your own vehicle or cut the other driver off in traffic. However, by not responding, you can prevent an angry outburst from becoming a more serious incident.
Pay attention to a driver following you. Is there a raging driver on your tail? To keep yourself safe from a raging driver, you may want to avoid going to an isolated destination or leading the driver straight to your home. If you feel worried about how a driver might treat you after an incident of road rage, change your plans and head to a place where you can count on assistance if needed.
Do not get out of your car. If possible, avoid getting out of your vehicle. You do not want to start a physical confrontation, and your vehicle can offer some protection from the raging driver.
Summon the police if needed. If you believe an aggressive driver is endangering you or others, call the police, or if an aggressive driver follows you and gets out of the car to threaten you. Before using your cell phone or voice recognition technology to call 911, make sure you stop in a safe location.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury because of someone else’s road rage, evidence of road rage can aid in the prosecution of the other driver in an accident. A lawyer can assist you in better understanding the compensation you are entitled to as a result of your accident and in pursuing that compensation, including gathering evidence of road rage in the other driver.
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