Don’t let oth­ers get you hot un­der the col­lar

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

SUM­MER is here in all its glory and with its ar­rival also comes the ar­rival of pres­sure cooker driv­ing con­di­tions.

Many driv­ers will be tak­ing to the road stressed by hol­i­day dead­lines, long traf­fic queues, over­heated cars and hot tem­pered driv­ers. This week’s tips give ad­vice on deal­ing with road rage for rid­ers and driv­ers from IAM Road­S­mart’s head of driv­ing and rid­ing stan­dards, Richard Glad­man.

Be con­sid­er­ate. You are not the only driver or rider on the road. Swal­low your pride and con­tinue with your jour­ney rather than get­ting caught up in an ar­gu­ment. If you are at fault ad­mit it and apol­o­gise. Call the po­lice. If you do not feel safe and feel the sit­u­a­tion is get­ting be­yond your con­trol, lock your doors and get in con­tact with the po­lice or drive to a busy lo­ca­tion.

Stay calm. Most in­ci­dents on the roads can leave you shaken, es­pe­cially af­ter a road rage sit­u­a­tion. Be­fore con­tin­u­ing your jour­ney, why don’t you try look­ing for a quiet space to stop where you can breathe deeply and rec­ol­lect your­self.

Don’t re­act. If you see some­one act­ing in an in­tim­i­dat­ing or ag­gres­sive man­ner, don’t make eye con­tact or be­have in a man­ner that could ag­gra­vate the sit­u­a­tion fur­ther. Re­sist the urge to retaliate as you can never pre­dict how the other driver or rider will re­spond. Avoid it. Avoid tail­gat­ing and re­spond­ing to rude ges­tures and re­marks. Ac­knowl­edg­ing your mis­take with a cheery wave will of­ten defuse a sit­u­a­tion im­me­di­ately.

Richard said: “In the UK we have some of the busiest and most con­gested roads in Europe, so de­lays and frus­tra­tion are in­evitable as we head off on our hol­i­days or sim­ply try to get on with our daily jour­neys.

“Give your­self ex­tra time to catch flights, fer­ries or trains and al­ways check be­fore you set off for the lat­est traf­fic in­for­ma­tion.

“The worst de­lays on our main roads are caused by break­downs, in­ci­dents and ac­ci­dents. Make sure that you and your ve­hi­cle are pre­pared for any­thing that might hap­pen out there. Keep calm and mo­tor on!”

Stay calm and al­low for de­lays to make driv­ing less stress­ful this sum­mer

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