Pre­vent­ing road rage

Lesotho Times - - Motoring -

Road rage is usu­ally a re­sult of ag­gres­sive driv­ing that makes some­one very an­gry. There­fore re­frain­ing from ag­gres­sive driv­ing will help in pre­vent­ing road rage in an­other driver.

How to avoid ag­gres­sive driv­ing habits

1. Be well rested when you drive.

The more tired you are the more eas­ily you will be­come ir­ri­tated.

also the more ex­hausted you are the more likely you are to be dis­tracted and less ob­ser­vant which will tend to cause driv­ing er­rors that ap­pear ag­gres­sive and pos­si­bly pro­vok­ing road rage.

2. Lis­ten to traf­fic re­ports on the ra­dio to avoid con­gested ar­eas. You can do this on side streets be­fore you reach the high­way where con­ges­tion is more likely.

3. Know al­ter­na­tive routes to your des­ti­na­tion.

This would in­clude back roads that have less traf­fic. Even if they are a few miles longer it is usu­ally worth it to avoid long de­lays in traf­fic.

4. Avoid a lot of noise and loud

mu­sic. It is well known that lots of noise puts more stress on a per­son. Prefer­ably lis­ten to soft mu­sic or talk ra­dio. and re­mind pas­sen­gers to keep the noise down.

5. Try driv­ing at cooler times of

day. Heat, es­pe­cially when it can­not be con­trolled makes peo­ple more ir­ri­ta­ble. It will also be eas­ier on your en­gine to drive when it’s cooler. 6. You can help in pre­vent­ing road rage by giv­ing your­self plenty of time to get to your des

tina­tion. Know­ing you may be run­ning late au­to­mat­i­cally puts you into “speed mode” where you are more tempted to get around other driv­ers to get where you are go­ing.

7. If you are run­ning late call the per­son and tell them you will be late even if you must pull

over to do so. Know­ing that the per­son/s you are go­ing to, ex­pect you will be late takes a load of stress off you and you don’t have to rush to meet their


8. Avoid driv­ing if you are al­ready emo­tion­ally up­set or ex

cited. I was up­set think­ing about a call I got from a lawyer about a financial mat­ter. While I was driv­ing and think­ing about the is­sue I, ran a red light that I nor­mally wouldn’t have run.

9. Ex­er­cise pa­tience while driv

ing. Pa­tience pre­vents a mul­ti­tude of prob­lems in­clud­ing car col­li­sions. Men­tally re­lax when un­ex­pected de­lays hap­pen. Just be glad you aren’t alone. Ev­ery­one around you is de­layed too. You will be pre­vent­ing road rage in your­self by prac­tic­ing pa­tience.

10. Sig­nal early be­fore brak­ing.

11. Give plenty of room for the driver be­hind when chang­ing lanes.

12. Keep at least two car lengths of space ahead and on the sides of your ve­hi­cle.

13. Al­ways sig­nal when chang­ing lanes.

14. Count two sec­onds be­fore pro­ceed­ing at a stop sign.

15. Don’t step on your gas pedal to get through a yel­low light. Us­ing all th­ese po­lite driv­ing habits will keep you from seem­ing like an ag­gres­sive driver, and thus pre­vent­ing road rage in driv­ers around you. —

re­frain­ing from ag­gres­sive driv­ing will help in pre­vent road rage.

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