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:
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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