A great many accidents today are caused by the aggressive nature of some drivers
Statistics show that more drivers today are engaging in some kind of risky behaviour than ever. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment when you’re in your vehicle and someone is driving in an unsafe manner.
You may feel like you need to stop them or somehow express their need to tone it down. In reality, no matter what you do in your vehicle, you’re unlikely to be able to control another person’s driving style.
The only factor that you’re able to control on the road is how safely you’re driving your vehicle.
If you’re faced with an aggressive or dangerous driver on the road, what are some steps that can be taken to ensure your safety so that road rage doesn’t cause a problem?
When accidents are reported, 80% of people interviewed say that they were victim to aggressive drivers. Comparatively, a mere 5% of people own up to personally engaging in aggressive driving. Many of us may engage in these behaviours without even realizing what we’re doing.
These behaviours include but aren’t limited to blocking or obstructing another person’s vehicle, yelling or using unkind statements, impolite gestures, flashing high beam headlights, horn honking, tailgating and neglecting to leave safe distances between cars.
Every driver becomes subject to rising emotions on occasion, but allowing your emotions to take hold of you can be very risky road behaviour. Not only does engaging in road rage put you at a higher risk for injury due to vehicular accidents and collisions, but it can impart psychological damage to other drivers as well.
Driving is something that we often take for granted. It’s something that we do to get from place to place and we can easily forget how important a task it really is. Not only do your own driving decisions affect your journey, they can start to negatively affect the experiences of the driver’s around you.
This is why it’s never a good idea for you to drive angry, hurt or upset. These feelings can have a very big impact on the way that a person responds in a situation and how their behaviours exhibit thereafter.
Currently, trends of aggression while driving are steadily increasing; we’re making excuses for bad decisions while on the road, instead of trying to be better, more alert and conscientious drivers.
If someone on the road near you is acting erratically or being aggressive, you should back off and keep your distance. Always be sure you have proper insurance coverage in case a vehicular incident escalates, and remember that separation is the number one defense against a dangerous driver.