But fighting road rage with anger just adds fuel to the fire. There are too many instances of road rage turning into a dangerous or deadly situation. For example, 24 individuals of those surveyed said they had gotten into a fistfight with another driver, while 37 respondents admitted to having carried a weapon with them in case of a confrontation with another driver.
Here are some tips from Farmers on how to avoid getting involved in situations that could lead to road rage:
* Always use your indicators when changing lanes or merging.
* Be courteous. If another driver is signaling to change into your lane ahead of you, let them.
* Ignore drivers who make angry gestures at you. Separate yourself from them, if possible.
* If a vehicle is tailgating you, attempt to change lanes and let it pass.
* If you are being followed, drive to a nearby crowded public place and call for help or drive to a nearby police station. You can also alert police via a cell phone.
* Never provoke another driver.
“Highway safety officials say that aggressive driving and road rage are very similar to impaired driving,” Beyer says. “Motorists should try to distance themselves and their passengers from these perpetrators quickly, but safely.”
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