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Road RageRoad rage is a common enough instance that all drivers are familiar with it whether they’ve felt it themselves or not. Most road rage will only hurt the person who experiences it; at times however, road rage can spin out of control and cause an accident or worse. Learning to control your road rage helps to reduce your stress level as well as work to prevent an expensive, possibly deadly, car accident.

Controlling Your Road Rage

  • Practice Patience: Road rage often affects drivers who are in a hurry to get where they are going. When you’re making a trip, or even just commuting to work, give yourself enough time to reach your destination with a little extra room for congested road ways. By working at being patient with others on the road and leaving enough time to reach your destination without having to rush you can prevent experiencing road rage.
  • Stop trying to control the situation: Remember that the only things in your control on the roadways are you and your car. Traffic or weather conditions, even the reactions of other drivers, are outside the realm of your control. If another driver is moving too slow, or any other bad habit that bothers you, relax and keep a safe distance. You should never attempt to intimidate them, follow them too closely to try and speed them up, use obscene hand gestures, or any other act of road rage. The other drivers are people just like you, complete with families and places to be.
  • De-stress in other ways: Ignoring stress caused by driving isn’t healthy either. Instead of taking your stress out on other drivers choose an alternative method. Indulging in activities that make you happy such as exercise or cooking can really help reduce the amount of road rage you feel when you get back on the road way. After a particularly stressful commute, try taking a walk before you go into work to relieve any rage so you do not bring it into work.

Dealing with Another Driver’s Road Rage

  • Do not participate in others acts of road rage: Do not attempt to engage another driver with road rage. Trying to teach them a lesson or play chicken with them could result in a fatal car accident. You should avoid making eye contact with them or responding in any way. Even a friendly attempt at an apology could further enrage them. Instead, give them plenty of space and give them the right-a-way, as long as doing so will not endanger you or other drivers.
  • Lock your doors: Someone experiencing severe road rage could take an innocent gesture as a personal attack and may try to take what they perceive as a dispute to the next level. They could also attempt to approach your vehicle at the next stop light on foot. Never open your window if they should approach and be sure to keep your doors locked.
  • Call the police: If you feel threatened or someone becomes a danger to you and other drivers, call the police to report the vehicle’s descriptions, plate number and the driver’s actions.

If you are involved in a road rage incident, protect yourself with auto insurance coverage, which we can help you with. Just call us at 815-468-8763 for a free auto insurance quote in Kankakee and surrounding areas.

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