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Being Friendly with other motorists while dealing with road rage.

Today's tutorial is about Road Rage and how to use kindness to quell a situation that could become out of control.

Anyone who has driven in heavy traffic knows exactly what road rage is and has probably a lot of stories to tell about their experiences on the byways of America.

Don't honk at the madman!

Don't give him the bird or make any kind of rude hand gestures. Be friendly!

Even if they honk at you because they are impatient and this is most likely the reason for honking, don't let it get the best of you.

Honking at another motorist is the equivalent to using bad insulting texting messages to flame another person on Facebook.

Let them have their fun.

If you feel you may be in danger, don't reach for your cell phone to call 911, just slow down and back off to put some distance between yourself and an angry motorist who is honking at you or making hand gestures at you.

Anger can flair up in a split second. And driving in heavy traffic can make just about anyone fly off the handle every now and again. Once you have put some distance between you and the guy who is giving you the fly, pull off the main road and park the car long enough to calm down.

Playing freeway leap frog is a form of road rage

This form of road rage is often taken as a contest by some. You pass one car on the way down towards the exit you need to make and they pick up speed and get back in front of you. 9 times out of ten they will slow down just to force you to slow down or slam on your breaks. This is a most dangerous form of road play that should be left up to stunt car drivers in a movie like Death Race or some other Mad Max type of movie.

If you feel you are in danger, that is, if you are faced with an angry motorist trying to approach you with his car and stop behind or in front of you, as if to dare you to exit your car and perhaps get into a violent altercation, then call 911 after having rolled all windows up and locked every door and drive away slowly towards a highly populated area where there would likely be many people to observe in case of a possible confrontation.

Hopefully you will never encounter this situation or one similar to it. Feel free to comment on this if you have more to add from personal experience.


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Comments

MegL wrote on February 28, 2016, 11:07 AM

This is good advice. I have not been involved in any situations of road rage thank goodness. I think they are becoming more common these days, I don;t recall them years ago. Maybe people are becoming more stressed in general?

lookatdesktop wrote on February 28, 2016, 6:12 PM

Indeed most of us are under more stress than ever. It seems to be a global pandemic of fear and anxiety directly influenced by the mass media.