Don’t be a road rage victim

Drivers are being urged not to succumb to road rage.
Drivers are being urged not to succumb to road rage.

As a driver, experiencing someone else’s road rage is something that scares many.

With the correct frame of mind and a bit of planning, you can easily avoid this unpleasant situation from ever happening to you.

Try to take yourself away from the problem – let the other driver go ahead. You might feel wronged, but letting the other party go will make no difference to the rest of your day.

If someone is being confrontational, don’t make eye contact and don’t react visibly. In your own mind, try to think about a different subject as quick as you can, so that the incident doesn’t affect you afterwards.

If the conflict is more serious call the police, especially if you feel there is a threat or possibility of violence against you.

If the other party approaches you in your car, can you drive away safely? If you can, consider doing so. Don’t rush off or drive off if you think the other driver is going to chase you.

If you or your passengers, can film any behaviour on your mobile phone it will help in terms of evidence, including the registration number of the other vehicle. Don’t open your door, don’t open your windows fully and don’t start or get provoked into an argument.

If you were at fault, admit it and apologise. It may be enough to diffuse the situation quickly. Do not do anything that can be interpreted as retaliation.

Do acknowledge that this incident will have affected your behaviour.

If you feel upset or emotional pull over and get some fresh air. Find some distraction, like listening to the radio.

Peter Rodger,

Institute of Advanced Motorists.