Road rage has become a popular term to describe heated, unfriendly interactions when driving. Ranging from acts of actual violence to aggressive tailgating and gesturing, road rage is evident on the roads across the world. There are a number of things that spark road rage and it can result in dangerous and uncomfortable situations. Some of the most common reasons for it are:

  • Tailgating
  • Sudden/late braking
  • Dazzling lights
  • Dangerous lane weaving
  • Being forced to stop
  • Rude gestures, threats and swearing

To avoid putting yourself or your passengers in danger we have a few tips to help you tame any anger you may have whist on the roads. If you feel yourself getting angry while driving you should:

  1. Remember that your safety and the safety of any passenger is your number one concern.
  2. We all know it can be annoying and it is tempting to express your feelings but you should always remember that unless you are a police officer, it isn't your job to punish others for bad driving.
  3. Recognise that if a driver is being an aggressive towards you, his or her anger it towards the world and not at you specifically. They may have many reasons for reacting the way they are so try not to personalise their behaviour.
  4. Understand that mistakes happen. We’re all human and we all make them. Sometimes what you can perceive as a hostile action may have been simple mistake.
  5. Try to concentrate on your breathing. Take slow, deep breaths to avoid a regrettable, harsh response.
  6. If you so ever feel angry and out of control it’s best to find a safe place to pull over to stop and calm down.

Remember that we have all experienced a degree of road range in our lives and it does happen to the best of us. The best advice we can give is that you should never allow someone you do not know and will most likely never see again to affect your mood and determine the quality of your day. Try to simply smile and let it go. Happy driving!