Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to go an entire trip without seeing someone experiencing road rage. This rage, whether from yourself or others, puts you and everyone around you in danger. However, whether you realize it or not, their anger may be caused by something you’re doing. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing anything wrong. Here are 3 things you can do to make sure you’re not worsening someone’s road rage.
1. Only pass someone or change lanes if there’s plenty of room.
To pass a vehicle, many people recommend that you speed up 10 to 15mph over that of the vehicle you’re passing. This applies especially on two-lane roads. But first, make sure you’re in a passing zone!
When you’re merging onto the highway, check your blind spot before proceeding. Blind spots differ between vehicles, so make sure you know where they are on yours. That way, you can be sure to merge into other lanes safely.
2. Keep your own road rage in check.
If you are someone who experiences road rage, this especially applies to you. Even if people are driving like madmen around you, try your best to stay cool and collected. You’re far less likely to provoke other people on the road if your own road rage isn’t flaring up. Driving becomes far more dangerous when road rage gets involved. Protect yourself and others by keeping it cool!
3. Drive the speed limit!
Speed limits are in place for a reason; however, they’re also one of the most frequently ignored road signs. Take a look around you on the interstate, and you’ll see plenty of examples. Regardless, obeying the speed limit helps you to avoid accidents and keep control of your vehicle. Many drivers become upset when people drive below the speed limit.
Not only that, but it can actually be very dangerous to go far below the speed limit. It’s often difficult to determine exactly how fast someone is driving until you’re way too close. This can cause accidents, but they’re preventable. To keep yourself as safe as possible, drive as closely to the speed limit as your surroundings will allow.
Road rage can be difficult to control – and impossible if it’s not yours. However, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Maintain your composure and drive defensively. Here at Wave Express, we’re committed to keeping our drivers safe. We wish you safe, road-rage-free travels!