How to Avoid Aggressive Driving
Staying Calm Behind the Wheel
Being angry behind the wheel isn’t going to help anyone, whether it’s justified or not. This blog should give you some food for thought before you become engulfed in road rage.
Did you know: It is estimated that around 66% of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving.
Avoid Provocative Behaviour
We’ve all been in a situation where a driver is completely oblivious to the rules of the road or to how they’re affecting other road users, however, getting annoyed is unlikely to burst their "oblivious bubble".
When dealing with annoying drivers, avoid doing the following:
- Speeding up when others attempt to overtake
- Driving slowly in the fast lane
- Parking over two spaces
An aggressive driver can often be easily spotted, they will be the one speeding, constantly changing lanes, tailgating or beeping their horn. Do your best to stay out of their way where possible and change lanes to let them past.
A lot of drivers naturally react negatively to aggressive driving which can escalate the situation. If you’re at the receiving end of an obscene gesture, do your best to ignore it.
Sticking to the rules of the road is the perfect way to avoid aggressive drivers and stay out of their way.
Set off in plenty of time, especially when heading to work, so that you won’t need to rush and possibly engage in aggressive driving techniques.
If you find it hard to ignore aggressive drivers or think you may have anger management issues, there are ways to remain relaxed in the car. Luckily we have the perfect blog for you:
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