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Advice: How to Avoid Road Rage

Have you ever experienced a bad day and you just didn't feel like yourself? Then, some "jerk" makes you angry on your drive home. These are conditions that are perfect for road rage, and almost everybody has experienced them. The only difference between you and a road rager is how you deal with these feelings.

To protect yourself you have to get a hold of your emotions. The worst thing that you want to happen is to meet someone who is as angry as you, or possibly even more possessed by rage. This will likely cause a confrontation on the road that may lead to an exchange of gestures, dangerous driving tactics and physical violence. If you are angry at someone on the road - let it go. Come to the Road Ragers web site and fill out a Road Ragers citation.

If you are a innocent victim of road rage by some angry driver you must protect yourself. Follow some of the guidelines on the right to help yourself overcome these types of situations. Most importantly, do not make eye contact with an angry driver. An angry look is all he/she needs to increase the level of rage. The best advice is to safely get away from an angry driver as quickly as possible. Take the next right turn and choose an alternate route to your destination. If necessary, pull over and cool off before continuing on your way.

If an enraged driver attempts to follow you there is a good chance that the level of violence may increase. Do not go home. Go straight to the nearest police detachment and file a complaint/report when you arrive there.

Do not endanger yourself by trying to evade a road rager. Drive the speed limit and observe all traffic control devices.

Remember to be respectful while driving.  Treat other people the way you would want to be treated.

10 Useful Tips

1. Don't retaliate. Never take the other driver personally, he/she is only reacting on a road rage instinct.

2. Don't make eye contact with an angry driver.

3. Before you react to anything that is done to you please ask yourself, "Is getting back at that jerk worth my life?"

4. Be polite and courteous, even when others are not.

5. Always ask yourself: "Could the other driver have possibly made a mistake?"

6. If you are harassed by another driver and being followed, do not go home. Go to the nearest police detachment.

7. Slow down and relax!

8. Never underestimate other drivers' capacity for mayhem.

9. Reduce your driving stress by allowing enough time to get where you are going. Know the roads that are under construction and listen to weather reports that may cause traffic delays. Practice patience and keep your cool.

10. Remember that you cannot control the drivers around you, but you can control the way they affect your well-being. Be calm and drive safely.


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