Driving any vehicle, at any time of day or situation, can lead to tense situations caused by heightened moods, among other factors. When people become stressed and agitated, they may drive in an aggressive and erratic manner, which can result in an accident. Aggressive driving continues to be a common problem, but it can be greatly reduced if drivers take the steps to control their emotions when they are behind the wheel.
Consider the following tips to prevent yourself from being an aggressive driver.
Prepare Ahead of Time
Most cases of aggressive driving begin with a driver running late to their destination, which either increases their anxiety or leads them to perform reckless actions, starting a chain of negative events. Whatever the destination is, make sure to prepare ahead of time to ensure you reach the end in a timely manner. Use online maps and resources to determine traffic congestion and seek alternate routes if necessary.
Alternatively, you can choose to arrive late. There are always unseen factors that cause lateness, no matter how well you prepare. Rather than increase your adrenaline and potential frustration at other drivers, which can lead to accidents and other hazards, just get to the destination late. You might get in trouble for not arriving on time to work or to an appointment, but it’s better than risking your life or someone else’s.
Sometimes, no matter what actions you take, you will inevitably run into an aggressive driver. Even if the situation is not your fault, take every step to avoid a confrontation. Responding to an aggressive driver will only encourage their hostility against you, and may cause you to become an aggressive driver yourself, or escalate matters and increase the danger level.
People sometimes have rough days, whenever they are running late or have had an incident in their lives that affects them. If someone is driving erratically or getting aggressive with you, try to place yourself in their shoes. Think about a potentially difficult situation they may be having, and what could lead them to act this way. While this practice may not apply to every driver, it can be effective in keeping you out of conflict with other drivers.
Report Aggressive Driving
If someone else’s aggressive driving is an immediate danger to yourself or other people around you, instead of confronting the situation directly, you should report it to the proper authorities. This proactive, but non-hostile, practice can prevent a potential tragedy and place control of the situation in the hands of experts who can handle it appropriately.
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