Keep the rage out of your driving.
Consider these questions:
- Do you tailgate slower vehicles to encourage them to speed up or get out of your way?
- Do you weave in and out of heavy traffic to make better time?
- Do you make inappropriate gestures, honk your horn or flash your headlights at drivers who are not meeting your standards?
- Do you push yellow lights to the point that they sometimes turn red before you are all the way through the intersection?
If your answer is yes to any of the above, you may want to rethink your driving behavior.
You can't control traffic, only your reaction to it
For your own safety and the safety of others, drive smart and don't let the road bullies get to you. Here are some tips to help.
- Assume other drivers' mistakes are not personal; we all have bad days.
- Be polite and courteous, even if the other driver is not.
- If another driver challenges you, avoid eye contact and move out of the way.
- Under no circumstances should you pull over to try and straighten out the situation.
- Report aggressive driving behavior to the appropriate authorities by providing a vehicle description, license plate number, location and direction of travel.
In summary, keep your composure when driving. Don't try to make others do what you want them to do, or retaliate against someone who's driving recklessly.
Courtesy is contagious.
These recommendations were developed using generally accepted safety standards.