Avoiding drivers with road rage can seem impossible at times, especially on highways or narrow roads.
However, there are some tactics you can use to help reduce tension and hostility.
Do not take it personally
According to CNN Health, some car accidents happen because drivers are severely sleep-deprived, which can lead to snap decisions and overt aggression. This lack of sleep or other sources of stress can influence how well a driver is concentrating on the road.
Another person tailgating or making obscene gestures at you may be doing so because of other problems in his or her life. Refusing to take these rude actions personally can help keep you calm and collected, which reduces the chance of an accident.
It may be tempting to try to retaliate, but staying respectful is key to avoiding aggressive driving. Continue to drive courteously even if someone cuts you off while turning or incorrectly tries to pass you.
Rude gestures, screaming through your window or exiting your car to yell at the other driver all make any road rage incident worse. If you accidentally cut someone off, wave once in apology in order to let the other driver know that you did not mean to escalate the situation.
Avoid reacting impulsively
If someone is following you closely, it may help to pull off and let him or her pass. If you can feel yourself getting more aggravated, turn on the radio or distract yourself before reacting immediately. By focusing on the road and continuing to drive safely, you can avoid an accident and help the other driver calm down.