Road Safety and breakdown cover specialist GEM Motoring Assist is urging drivers to protect themselves by being aware of early signs of road rage. The warning comes as thousands of families take to the roads every day during the busy summer holiday periods.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said;
"Most of us will have some experience of being on the receiving end of someone else's aggression. Thankfully, violent and unprovoked attacks are rare, but it pays to be observant and if possible, to recognise signs of trouble at their earliest stages."
GEM has identified a few steps that will hopefully reduce the risk for a driver of being the target of someone else's aggression.
Top 5 tips for keeping road rage at bay
1 Keep calm and practice restraint. With every journey comes the risk of frustration and conflict, so make a pledge to be patient. Avoid using your horn or making angry gestures.
2 Avoid competitive driving, resisting the desire to 'get even'. If the standard of someone else's driving frustrates you, don't attempt to educate or rebuke them.
3 Don't push into traffic queues. If you wait and clearly signal, it won't be long before another motorist lets you in.
4 Say thank you and sorry when the need calls for it as common courtesy goes along way and encourages co-operation on the road. If you make a mistake (and we all do!) or perhaps cut things a bit fine, a gesture of apology avoids confrontation and helps defuse anger.
5 Move away from trouble. If you feel seriously threatened by another driver, ensure your car doors are locked and drive at legal speed to the nearest police station or busy area (for example, a petrol station forecourt). Use your mobile phone to alert the police - pressing the horn repeatedly or continuously is likely to deter a potential attacker.
Neil Worth concludes;
"We encourage drivers to leave plenty of time for their journeys, which means they can feel calm and in control at the wheel. Stress can lead to risk taking, and this in turn increases the likelihood of aggressive incidents.
"We also urge drivers to avoid becoming involved in situations they recognise as dangerous or risky. If you're worried about another driver who may be in danger, then stop and call the police."
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All Vehicle Contracts Ltd Published: Aug 14 2019