Dealing with Road Rage

Frustrated young African American driver shouting at other people in traffic. Road Rage

Picture this: you’re driving on the road and then a driver comes from nowhere and enters your lane with a speed that’ll rival a character in ‘Fast and Furious’.

Your next reaction after escaping a near hit from the crazy man is to first drive close to the perpetrator, maintain eye contact and then yell or insult the man to your heart’s content.

If the culprit still looks unapologetic, then you might feel inclined to take some other drastic measures to get your point across.

Road rage affects almost every driver with a higher percent of focus on the male population.

It is often a leading factor to crimes like physical assault and battery. It can come in various forms, from soft rage i.e. yelling, tailgating, angry honking and gestures to the intermediate form which includes: cutting off other vehicles, ramming vehicles on purpose to full on confrontation. 

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) have made efforts in managing difficult motorists and curbing the different road infractions but the bulk of the work still resides with individuals.

Knowing this, how then can you curb road rage? 

Firstly, you need to have a car insurance! It’s very important. It’ll protect you from hostile drivers. You can buy the best auto insurance from DriveMe.

Secondly, be patient. Patience is easier said than done. But don’t fret, it’s achievable.

And finally, use the PWDD rule. That means:

  • Practice Safe Distancing: maintain a safe distance from a hostile driver.
  • Watch your back: be observant when driving, if you’ve provoked a driver make sure you observe his reactions. Drive to a nearby police station if he/she seems hostile.
  • Don’t Respond: When insulted or provoked , don’t respond. Responding would only escalate the issue.
  • Don’t Engage: Don’t confront a hostile driver, you don’t know his or her mental state. Confrontation would only escalate the issue.

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