Avoid Road Rage Incidents While Driving
What Causes a Road Rage Incident?
By far the most common cause of these incidents is being cut off when another driver changes lanes without looking or changes lanes too suddenly. Other reasons are driving too slowly, tailgating, blocking the passing lane, headlight flashing, and horn honking. We all make mistakes, and sometimes we don’t even know what we’ve done to cause a road rage incident; other times we realize too late. Worst of all, we may just be in the wrong place at the wrong time and be confronted with someone looking to pick a fight. Some road rage incidents result in personal injury and auto body repairs. At the very least, a road rage incident leaves you feeling shaken and stressed, and ruins your day, so it’s worthwhile to know how to avoid road rage incidents where you can.
Don’t Respond in Kind
Someone shouts at us, so we scream back even louder; someone flashes a rude hand gesture, so we shoot a ruder one back. This is a sure way to escalate a relatively minor road rage incident into a big one that can result in hospitalization, court cases, and insurance claims. If you’re confronted with an aggressive driver, take the high ground and don’t respond in kind. This is the first step when trying to avoid a road rage incident.
Avoid Eye Contact
Making eye contact with an aggressor in a road rage incident will often worsen the situation. Psychologists have studied why this is and concluded that an aggressor understands eye contact as a signal that you’re ready for a fight. If you don’t make eye contact with an aggressor, he realizes that you’re prepared to move on and not engage.
If an enraged driver chases you and continues to threaten you, drive to the nearest police station and ask for help. If you can call 911 safely while you’re driving, do so. Explain to them that you are trying to avoid a road rage situation.
Set an example by not being the aggressor in a road rage incident. If someone cuts you off or honks their horn at you for no good reason, let it go. Control your anger and don’t take it personally. We’re courteous in other areas of our lives, we can be courteous drivers too.
If a road rage incident has resulted in damage to your car, call Orlando Auto Body at 480-418-4737 for a quote and advice on the repair.