Nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the past year, according to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Many of my customers are expressing concern and wonder what they should do. Here’s four tips to handle aggressive drivers.
Avoid Tailgating. When surveys ask drivers what angers them most, many say tailgating. Allow plenty of space between your car and the car ahead.
Don’t engage. One angry driver can’t start a fight unless another driver is willing to join in. If a driver seems mad, avoid making eye contact or returning hand gestures, for example.
Keep your distance. When drivers are agitated, it’s best to stay behind them. They do less damage to you this way. If necessary, exit the highway to avoid them.
Get help. If you feel endangered by another driver, call 911 if you have a cell phone. Or, drive to a busy place, such as a mall or gas station. Use your horn to get someone’s attention. This usually will discourage an aggressor. Don’t get out of your car and don’t lead an aggressive driver to your home.
Beth Whittingham, AWN member and AAA licensed insurance agent, has over 10 years of comprehensive insurance and financial-service experience with successful bank sales and strong consumer-management experience. She was recognized as an influential woman in business for strong leadership skills by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and the Business Ledger (2006). Beth can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.