Preventing road rage is done by polite driving and tact with aggressive drivers. font style>
Road rage is usually a result of aggressive driving that makes someone very angry. Therefore refraining from aggressive driving will help in preventing road rage in another driver.
of fatal crashes involved aggressive driving.
Fifteen tips to avoid aggressive driving habits
1. Be well rested when you drive.
The more tired you are the more easily you will become irritated.
2. Listen to traffic reports on the radio to avoid congested areas.
You can do this on side streets before you reach the highway where congestion is more likely.3. Know alternative routes to your destination.
This would include back roads that have less traffic. Even if they are a few miles longer it is usually worth it to avoid long delays in traffic.
4. Avoid a lot of noise and loud music.
It is well know that lots of noise puts more stress on a person. Preferably listen to soft music or talk radio. And remind passengers to keep the noise down.
5. Try driving at cooler times of day.
Heat, especially when it can not be controlled makes people more irritable. It will also be easier on your engine to drive when it's cooler.
6. You can help in preventing road rage by giving yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.
Knowing you may be running late automatically puts you into "speed mode" where you are more tempted to get around other drivers to get where you are going.
7. If you are running late call the person and tell them you will be late even if you must pull over to do so.
Knowing that the person/s you are going to, expect you will be late takes a load of stress off you and you don't have to rush to meet their expectations.
8. Avoid driving if you are already emotionally upset or excited.
I was upset thinking about a call I got from a lawyer about a financial matter. While I was driving and thinking about the issue I ran a red light that I normally wouldn't have run.
9. Excercise patience while driving.
Patience prevents a multitude of problems including car collisions. Mentally relax when unexpected delays happen. Just be glad you aren't alone. Everyone around you is delayed too. You will be preventing road rage in yourself by practicing patience.
Courtesy and communication to other drivers:
10. Signal early before braking.
11. Give plenty of room for the driver behind when changing lanes.
12. Keep at least 2 car lengths of space ahead and on the sides of
You might hit the back of a vehicle if the driver had to suddenly brake and you were less than 2 seconds behind him.
13. Always signal when changing lanes.
14. Count two seconds before proceeding at a stop sign.
15. Don't step on your gas pedal to get through a yellow light.Using all these polite driving habits will keep you from seeming like an aggressive driver, and thus preventing road rage in drivers around you.
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