We’ve all experienced those brief moments of anger at somebody else’s bad driving, or experienced anger targeted at us. But it’s important to keep our road rage in check to avoid unnecessary accidents.
How to Deal with Your Own Road Rage:
- If you get angry at someone else’s driving, deal with road rage by first recognizing that you’re getting angry. Take some deep breaths to try to calm down; if that doesn’t work, pull over. It might be best to distance yourself from that driver.
- Don’t tailgate, even if you think the other driver “deserves” it. You might end up hitting them and would be at fault.
- Listen to music, because it’s pretty hard to be angry when you’re belting out your favorite song.
How to Deal With Someone Else’s Road Rage:
- If someone is trying to get your attention, avoid eye contact with them. Acknowledging them says to them that you want to “participate” in a fight.
- Drive defensively because some people with bad road rage could try to hurt you or your car.
- Note the car’s plate number because if they act very aggressively, you’ll want to report them later.
- No matter what, try to get away from them, even if it means arriving to your destination late.