Avoid road rage by giving way

Road rage happens when people get too aggressive with their driving, or lose their temper and get violent in retaliation for a perceived wrong. There is even a medical condition like losing one’s temper, but with road rage it is usually more severe and violence can erupt.

If you find yourself in a situation with an aggressive, or outraged driver, the best thing you can do is get out of the way. Remember there is nothing to to be gained from winning an argument, or out-dueling someone on the road. If someone is hogging the road, get out of the way and let them pass. It is better to give up the right of way than get into an accident no matter who is at fault. A person cannot “take” the right of way, it can only be given.

Avoid any altercation as much as you can. If someone approaches you while you are in your vehicle, make sure your doors are locked and your windows are up. Do not respond to an outraged person, and avoid eye contact as well. If someone approaches your car at a red light, for instance, do not respond, but rather call 911 and ask police to intervene. If you do not have a cell phone, blow your horn until other people gather.

Usually road rage, or a lost temper, lasts only a few seconds and the person will feel bad later. The worst thing you can do, authorities say, is to respond on them in any way.

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