As we were driving down the road a few days ago (I was a passenger in the front seat) I noticed that the driver was very close to the car in front of him. It was a situation where the person in front of us was driving along pretty slowly and we had a place to be and it was slightly frustrating, however I realized that the driver in my truck wasn’t upset at all…He was simply “driving”. The person in front of us however, was certainly showing signs of frustration and it brought up an interesting conversation…
There are two people in any case of road rage. The first is the person who is angry and acts out because of it and the second is the person who is supposedly doing whatever it is that is causing the other person to become angry. While it is never okay to become so full of rage behind the wheel that you put others in danger, it is also important that you practice good driving habits that both keep you safe, and that keep you from being the cause of road rage. Here are a few things to consider when you are driving down the road:
- Leave a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. Keep two or three car lengths between you which will not only keep the person in front of you happy, but it will also give you the time you need to react to any sudden braking that they may have due to other vehicles or objects in the roadway.
- Use your signals properly. When you are turning right or left or when you are changing lanes, using your turn signals properly will help warn other drivers what your plans are and will keep them from getting frustrated with you.
- Check the traffic situation before you leave home. If the route you need to take is congested, you can make plans in advance to drive a different way or leave earlier than planned to make time for the traffic. This will lower your stress levels and will keep you from using poor driving tactics that may cause others blood pressure to rise.
Road rage is never acceptable and causes many serious accidents every year. No matter what you are doing on the roadway, it is never a justifiable reason for some to act out in rage, but unfortunately, people do every day so it is important to keep that in mind to avoid being on the receiving end of that rage.
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