It’s an unfortunate part about being a driver on the road. Maybe you’ve been a victim to it, maybe you’ve witnessed it, maybe you’ve even been a part of it. For some driver’s, being behind the wheel gives them a false sense of entitlement which causes them to be more aggressive and potentially dangerous while driving their vehicle. Here are a few ways to stay safe and calm while dealing with other drivers on the road.
Do Not Engage
How many times are you driving down a country road with nobody else around and somebody pulls right out in front of you off of a side street? Surely they could have waited until you had passed before pulling into the road but they chose to do so when you were closing in. It’s frustrating, it’s aggravating, and it’s going to happen. Get used to it. This is just one of many scenarios that could cause one to lose their cool and make them want to approach the other driver to either lecture them about their decision not to wait, berate them on their driving ability, or in some cases even resort to violence. Don’t be that person. Pull over and wait for them to get away from you or pass when it is safe and legal to do so.
Do Not Retaliate
Maybe you’re the one that did something to make another driver angry. You didn’t see them in your blind spot when you merged lanes or maybe you’re following to close. They react by throwing hand gestures or driving erratically around you to blow off steam. Do what you can to avoid any kind of confrontation. A simple maneuvering mistake in your car can turn into a much bigger problem if you choose to fight back. If the other party doesn’t let up and you feel like you’re in danger, call the authorities. That’s what they’re there for. Don’t take matters into your own hands.
Understand That Everybody is Human
People make mistakes. You make mistakes. It’s part of life. We’re all human. You’ll be less surprised and agitated when you remember that when somebody does something to tick you off on the roadway.
Always remember that a driving inconvenience isn’t worth losing your life over. Do not engage, do not retaliate, and be forgiving. If we all do our part to be patient and kind, our roadways will be a safer place.