We understand how stressful and risky driving can be. Even with the ongoing pandemic, there will still be other drivers out on the road. They might not be as understanding if you need to find somewhere safe to park or if you have a disability that hampers your ability to get in and out of a grocery store when you need to pick up some vital supplies. Here are some tips for avoiding dangerous driving situations brought on by aggressive drivers.
Drive As Defensively as Possible
It’s easy to drive cautiously. However, be aware that being too careful can be just as dangerous as being reckless. By being cautious and considerate, you can avoid becoming a dangerous driver yourself. Maintain full contact with the wheel – don’t take your hands off of it! Focus on the road and pay attention to changing conditions as they are always unpredictable. Use your common sense in obeying the speed limit and using turn signals when you need to merge or change lanes.
It’s also important to stay as calm as possible. Other operators behaving badly can make you anxious, and driving anxiety can make you drive more poorly. Listen to some soothing music that won’t make you sleepy. Podcasts and audiobooks can also help, especially if you have a long commute. Don’t rush and make sure you will arrive at your destination on time since traffic can be a nightmare even with fewer cars on the road.
Road rage only gets worse when two parties attempt to aggravate each other on purpose. Escalating the situation becomes more perilous for both parties and other motorists who are just trying to get to their next destination. Be polite and courteous, and don’t engage with aggressive drivers. It will only get worse if you do. Don’t cut off other drivers, don’t display the markers of road rage, don’t make eye contact, and don’t gesticulate angrily.
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