Do you know how everyday aggressive driving is in the U.S.? According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, about 80% of all drivers experienced anger or road rage in the last month.
Fortunately, there are ways that you can help prevent road rage.
Avoiding fights on the road
If another driver confronts you, do not fight back. If you respond with aggression, you can escalate the situation. Instead, avoid eye contact with angry drivers and unlock your vehicle. You can use your horn for attention but stay within your car at all times. Even if someone reacts angrily, remain calm and courteous.
Instead of arguing with another driver, pull over in a public space, hospital, fire station or police station if you feel threatened by another driver.
Remaining safe on the road
One way to avoid road rage is to remain vigilant when it comes to road rules. Keep a safe following distance when it comes to other drivers. While you can use your horn, try to only tap it, rather than blasting it or using hand gestures alongside it.
You may see others break the law or act irrationally when on the road. Do not react with anger, cut them off, or refuse to merge. You may be more likely to react to unsafe practices if you think the driver acted against you. Most people acting irrationally do not think about other drivers.
Do your best to remain tolerant of other drivers and forgive someone for mistakes or anger. You never know what type of day they had.