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Road rage – how to avoid potentially dangerous situations

Road rage is a term coined during the 1990s when aggressive driving behaviour spilled over into anti-social interactions between drivers. Most people who drive on a daily basis experience road rage. Most of it involves impatient drivers coming up too close, gesticulating, or overtaking on the inside.

For some motorists, however, road rage can prove fatal. Two men, one 67 and the other 73 were involved in a road rage incident in early October 2014 near Birmingham. After stopping their cars, the two men argued and one pushed the other to the ground. The 73-year old sustained serious head injuries and died 10 days later; the other man was arrested. This is an extreme example but one that serves as a warning of what can happen when road rage strikes ordinary motorists. So how can you avoid experiencing road rage, and what should you do if you encounter it in someone else?

Avoiding road rage

Many ordinary people become monsters when behind the wheel. Often it is because we put ourselves under too much pressure to fit too many things in. Avoiding road rage maybe simply a matter of reducing the pressure you put yourself under. Try these top tips to stay calm when you are at the wheel:

Avoiding other people’s road rage

Of course, you can be as calm as you like; it won’t stop other drivers from getting angry with you. However, there are several things you can do to avoid getting involved or putting yourself in a dangerous situation.

At the end of the day, it’s simply a matter of ‘do unto others’ on the road. If we all treated other drivers in the same way we would like to be treated ourselves, the roads would be a much calmer, and safer place.

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