Did you know that 94% of all traffic accidents are caused by driver error? And even scarier, 33% of those accidents happen because of road rage behaviors on the part of one or both of the drivers. Obviously, road rage is a big hazard when it comes to your drive time. Whether you’re the one screaming behind the wheel or you’re the victim of someone else’s anger, everyone loses when it comes to road rage. That’s why Toyota of Orlando has come up with tips to help you deal!
Deal with your own road rage
Sometimes, driving home in traffic after a long day is the last thing you want to do, and it’s easy to become frustrated or angry when things don’t go your way. So how do you stop yourself from engaging in road rage behaviors? Here are some Orlando Toyota tips:
- Don’t rush – if you’re in a hurry, you’re more likely to get angry at delays. Give yourself extra time to get where you need to go and don’t stress about being late (we know it’s easier said than done but try).
- Try to calm yourself. Listen to your favorite music or a book on tape or talk on your phone via Bluetooth. Find ways to keep yourself occupied and distracted from other drivers’ bad habits.
- Get comfortable. If you’ve got a long commute, consider changing into comfy clothes before you hit the road. Also, bring snacks and a drink so you aren’t hungry or thirsty (which can cause you to get more easily annoyed). Set your climate control to a temperature you like, too.
- If you find yourself behaving rudely, try to make up for it – mouth “sorry” to the other driver, wave to them, etc.
Deal with other drivers’ road rage
However, how do you deal with drivers out on the road who are directing their rage toward you? Here are some Toyota of Orlando tips:
- Don’t take it personally. Try to stay polite and follow the rules of the road even if they aren’t to avoid conflict and a possible accident.
- Keep your doors locked. If you find yourself in conflict with a driver who has road rage, make sure you lock all of your doors and stay in your car. You never know if their anger will turn into aggression toward you and your passengers.
- Avoid aggressive drivers on the road – if you notice someone cutting people off and swerving in and out of lanes or driving recklessly, try to stay as far away from them as possible to avoid a confrontation or collision.
- Report aggressive drivers by calling 911, especially if you find yourself threatened by one. The police can help you defuse the situation and deal with the other driver.
And remember, there are consequences to road rage. Not only can it cause an accident, you can also be arrested, have to pay fines, or even face jail time. Keep your anger under control!
Want more safe driving tips from Toyota of Orlando? Call us today at (407) 298-4500!