Aggressive drivers and how to keep calm on the road!
Most of us have come across these people on the road. Someone who drives much too close behind you, or someone who keeps flashing their lights when you just want to drive safely under the speed limit. These are exactly the kind of aggressive impatient drivers who cause large numbers of accidents on our roads.
A driver could become aggressive for various reasons, perhaps they are late for an appointment or they are just having a bad day. The one thing they do have in common, is that they all consider it perfectly acceptable to drive in a reckless or threatening manner, just to save a few minutes on their journey.
How to deal with an aggressive driver - don't get involved!
The most sensible way to deal with an aggressive driver is to ignore them completely and don't let yourself be intimidated by them.
Here are some suggestions for dealing with aggressive behaviour on the road.
- If another driver behaves aggressively towards you by making gestures, simply ignore them. The worst thing you can do is respond to them in some way, this will only succeed in making the situation worse.
- If someone is flashing their lights behind you because they want to get past or are driving too closely behind you, just let them get by
- Don't make eye contact with an aggressive driver, just keep your distance and ignore them
- Don't allow another driver intimidate you into driving badly yourself, you may be putting yourself and others at risk of having an accident
How to avoid aggressive behaviour yourself
Everyone can get frustrated sometimes when they are behind the wheel, but remember that a moving vehicle can also be lethal if handled incorrectly. Getting annoyed can easily turn a safe driver into a reckless and dangerous one.
How to stay calm and safe when driving:-
- Don't make gestures at other drivers. You are unlikely to paying full attention to driving and you could put you and your passengers in danger
- Be tolerant of other peoples driving mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes on the road sometimes, even you
- Avoid driving when you are tired. Tiredness can make people irritable and impatient
- Make sure you allow plenty of time for your journey. Being in a hurry can make you take unnecessary risks with your driving
- If you are stuck behind a slow driver, be patient and only overtake when it is safe to do so
- Remember that it's better to be a little late for something, than have an accident
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