Road rage is the cause of numerous accidents. It can be sparked by anything from being cut off to taking a bit too long to move when the light turns green. Often, enraged individuals fuel each other. Thus, it is important to be aware of potential road rage both in yourself and in others. Follow these four tips to keep road rage to a minimum:
1. Stay in the right lane
Angry drivers absolutely hate being stuck behind slower individuals in the left lane. If you intend on sticking to the speed limit, it is in your best interest to remain in the right lane whenever possible.
2. Turn down the radio
Far from distracting you from your anger or the anger of others, loud music can actually add tension to an already difficult situation. If music is absolutely essential, switch out the rock or rap for calming classical music.
3. Avoid eye contact
In most situations, eye contact is a good thing, but on the road, it simply further enrages already angry drivers. If another driver is showing signs of road rage, make every effort to avoid eye contact.
4. Get off the road
Whether you are the culprit or other drivers are scaring you with their angry behind-the-wheel behavior, it’s in your best interest to pull over. Find a gas station, a rest stop, or some other location where you can take a few minutes to relax before returning to the road. A brief walk can make all the difference when you’re feeling tense.
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