Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Driving Manners - Road Rage

Once in a car, normal manners may fly out of the window. Perhaps it's because, with all that metal in which you are encased, you feel more invincible; perhaps it's because you know another driver may not hear you through the glass windows and engine noise. Perhaps it's because other road users are simply so annoying...

Modern roads can be challenging, and a good driver will always remember this before using driving as a way of expressing irritation or frustration. It goes without saying, therefore, that aggressive driving should be avoided at all costs.

Tailgating, with or without flashing headlights and pointless horn-blowing, are not the signs of alpha superiority, merely a dangerous inability to control emotions while in charge of a very powerful machine.  Remember that your passengers will, rightly, be alarmed if you drive like a testosterone-fuelled fury.

Do not allow yourself to become agitated or involved if someone is behaving badly on the road. This will only make the situation worse. Pull over where it is safe to do so, calm down and, when you feel more relaxed, continue your journey. Slow down and hold back if a road user pulls out into your path at a junction. Allow them to get clear. Do not over-react by driving too close behind to intimidate them.

Avoid arguing with your passengers or other road users and make allowances for older drivers who may have slower reactions.

Miss Debrett's Top Tips
  • Avoid tailgating and horn-blowing at all costs - you will immediately be marked down as someone who can't control their aggression.
  • If someone is behaving badly on the road, rise above it. Take a deep breath, carry on regardless and never allow yourself to become involved.
  • Don't bear a grudge. If someone's driving offends you, put it out of your mind - reacting aggressively when you next see the offender is needlessly provocative.

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