Road Rage - What it is and how to avoid it

Road rage can happen to anybody at anytime and can vary from an aggressive gesture or word to a full on physical attack, or in some cases, even murder.

Over the past few years, the so called "road rage" syndrome has developed and we hear an increasing amount about it. However, road rage is nothing new, it has been around us for many a year, probably since the beginning of road transport.

Road rage can happen to anybody at anytime and can vary from an aggressive gesture or word to a full on physical attack, or in some cases, even murder.

Road rage is an increasing problem, not just in Great Britain, but around the world. Drivers stopped at traffic lights, stuck in traffic jams or getting into or out of their cars are most vulnerable. Here are some safety tips on how to minimise the chances of becoming a victim.

  • When in town, especially at night, make sure all car doors are locked, and keep the windows and sun roof only partly open.
  • Secure any and all valuables (i.e. portable computers, mobile phones, brief cases, handbags, etc.) and keep them well out of sight.
  • Avoid conflict on the road - gestures, stares, unnecessary use of the horn, flashing lights on, that might incite anger in another driver.
  • Use lane sense and your indicators correctly.
  • Don't get out of your car if you are being rammed or are blocked in.
  • Be aware of other road users and their intentions.
  • Keep your distance, and when stopped at a traffic light, give yourself room to drive away, just in case.
  • If you are being followed, drive to a police station or a crowded public place for help.
  • Avoid tailgating other cars on the road; it is dangerous and threatening.
  • If an attacker tries to enter your car, sound your horn or alarm.
  • If approached, don't argue. Apologise profusely if necessary, even if in the right. You can always take down details and report the offender.
  • Above all, prevention is better than cure. Be courteous at all times to other road users - don't expect courtesy if you show none.

Everybody is capable of showing road rage, yes even YOU!!.

Follow these few lines of advice and take it easy.

  • Allow yourself plenty of time. Alright if you know how long it usually takes, but leaving 10 minutes earlier can make for a stress free journey and consequently, a stress free day. You'll feel less stressed and more inclined to give way to other road users.
  • Don't drive aggressively, drive defensively. If someone in a queue wants to cut in, let them. They'll be 5 seconds in front of you. So what?
  • Carry a flask of drink and some food. When you get stuck in a traffic jam, offer it around, go on start a craze it's called being friendly, remember?

Think about this:

A road user who cuts you up, drives carelessly or dangerously, won't just do it once. They may have done it 10 or 20 times so far today, take pride in thinking how many other drivers have called them a PILLOCK that day.

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