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Road rage threatens more than your car! Road rage Kills!!

Road Rage Does Kill!!

Road Rage Does Kill!!

The Centre for Fine Art, Animation and Design created a Public Service Announcement in Support of Arrive Alive. In this endeavour they have portrayed the very important message that “Road Rage Does Kill!”

We would like to share this message and a few suggestions on how to avoid road rage:

10 POINT PLAN TO AVOID “ROAD RAGE”

1. Forget work or home worries, concentrate on driving.
2. Plan your journey to reduce anxiety and stress.
3. Adopt a positive mental attitude – to help with frustration.
4. Play music this can reduce stress.
5. Don’t try to change other drivers attitudes, you can’t but you can change your own.
6. Be courteous and stay calm if provoked.
7. Drive with your car doors locked and if you see trouble don’t leave the safety of your vehicle.
8. Count from 1-10 (it’s old and it works!)
9. Don’t retaliate by sounding your horn, flashing your lights or gesturing, this will only aggravate the situation.
10. If you are a victim of aggression take the registration number and report incident to the police.

Remember it is better to get there late, than not get there at all.

View the Arrive Alive Road Safety Website for more info on Road Rage and Aggressive Driving

View the Public Service Announcement:

What should I do when confronted with road rage?

You never know who you go into battle with!!

You never know who you go into battle with!!

Some wise person once said that “Conflict can only continue to exist through participation”. The same might apply in our answer to the above question. We often discuss the topic of avoiding road rage but neglect to pay attention what needs to be done when another enraged motorist is already confronting us.

We have added a few suggestions to the Arrive Alive website from the road safety experts in Canada. These suggestions might contribute not only to avoid injuries from road rage attacks but also the vehicle damage that often results from these attacks.

Tips on handling situations involving aggressive drivers:

•    If a driver is putting pressure on you:

If possible and safe, move to the left and let the other driver pass you.

•    If you are faced with aggressive behaviour:

Stay calm.

Avoid eye contact with the aggressive driver so as not to exacerbate the situation.

Do not respond to provocative words or actions.

Do not respond with disrespectful words or actions.

Do what you can to avoid conflict.

•    If an aggressive person leaves his vehicle and heads toward you:

Remain in your vehicle, make sure the windows are shut and doors locked.

Avoid arguing with the aggressive driver, looking at the person or making provocative gestures.

Leave the area and go to a place where you can get help.

Do not go home if the aggressive driver is following you.

If you’re in traffic and can’t drive away, pick up your cellphone and show the person you are calling the Police

If the person doesn’t back off, honk your horn to attract the attention of other drivers.

Note the make of the other driver’s car and his or her license plate.

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