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Combating road rage on the moveBack

Road rage is a common occurrence when you’re a motorist but its knowing how to handle it which is the key to keeping safer on the roads.

The motoring population is growing everyday which means there is more traffic congestion on Britain’s roads, particularly in built up areas such as city centres. Traffic jams are enough to make even the most patient of drivers get frustrated, particularly in rush hour when people are keen to either get to work or return home.

The key thing to remember about road rage is that it is usually a two way exchange, so if you do not allow yourself to get irate, hopefully you will be a calming influence on the other driver involved. Below, the Trusted Dealers have listed some ways to remain rage free whilst driving:

Careful planning: is the key to a stress free journey. With the growth of satellite navigation getting lost, which is one of the most stressful occurrences when driving, has been greatly reduced, however, it pays not to rely solely on computers to get you from A to B. For added peace of mind, why not print out a route from Google maps or the AA route planner, just to be extra sure you know where you are heading and eliminate any unnecessary stress.

Rise above it: if people are being aggressive towards you. Reacting to someone else’s road rage could cause s a minor incident to escalate into something more sinister, so it pays to be the better driver. If the driver in question is being particularly aggressive, try to avoid eye contact with them, leave yourself lots of space in between you vehicle and theirs and lock your doors.

Avoid tailgating other motorists as it is can be the cause of accidents. Always make sure that you have left enough room between your car and the one in front so that if the car in front needed to break suddenly for any reason, you will have time to stop. If someone is tailgating you, do not speed up but continue to drive within the speed limit and do not be intimidated, it is their bad driving, not yours.

Be courteous to your fellow drivers. Make a conscious decision to avoid unnecessary aggravation by always acknowledging other drivers if you do slip up. If people see that you are aware of your mistake they will be far more accepting of it – a simple smile or an apologetic hand gesture can go a long way.

 

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 19/09/2011