You’ve probably been there before. Traffic is moving smoothly when suddenly, brake lights up ahead. As all four lanes begin to slow there’s that one car, weaving in and out of lanes, cutting off drivers for a better position. It may be easy to become aggravated, but instead of contributing to the chaos, follow these tips to remain calm and avoid contributing to road rage.
1. Give yourself plenty of time. If you are not running late or in a hurry to reach your destination you will be less anxious, helping you remain calm.
2. Avoid engaging with angry drivers. If another driver is experiencing road rage, avoid eye contact, don’t make gestures, or use your horn. Instead, increase your distance and stay focused on your driving.
3. Maintain a safe following distance. It is not only safe, but also good etiquette to leave proper space between the cars around you. Failure to do so could easily irritate the drivers around you.
4. Signal your moves. Let drivers around you know your intentions by using your turn signal each time you intend to change lanes. It’s not only the law, it is courteous to your fellow drivers.
5. Let it go. If others are driving dangerously, remain calm and courteous. Don’t become part of the problem.