Every time you get on the road there’s a chance you’ll end up driving alongside an aggressive driver who ends up in a road rage. They may shout, curse, yell insults and even make physical threats often because they think you’re driving too slow. At best, they’ll speed past you and you won’t ever see them again. Their rage can end up causing an accident if they aren’t careful.
But, is there anything you can do to protect yourself from an aggressive driver? There are a few tricks you can keep in mind while driving. Here’s what you should know:
#1. Don’t engage with the other driver
It’s easy for many people to resort to throwing insults at someone because they were insulted. While that may blow off some of your steam, it could end up causing the aggressive driver to act recklessly. They likely already find other drivers a nuance, but someone who matches their aggression levels may seem like a threat, leading them to tailgate or brake-check you.
#2. Don’t match the other driver’s speed
Likewise, you shouldn’t get annoyed because another driver zooms past you in a rage. You might be inclined to keep your spot on the road or prevent an aggressive driver from passing you. However, this may cause the other driver to take risky maneuvers, like squeezing between cars with little space.
#3. Keep a safe distance
Possibly the best thing you can do is keep your distance from an aggressive driver. This may mean going to another lane after noticing a car speeding up behind. This allows the possibility of avoiding an aggressive driver altogether.
#4. Let the other car pass
If you do find yourself in front of an aggressive driver who may be tailgating or honking their horn, then you should try to let them pass. However, you shouldn’t risk putting yourself in an accident if there’s no way to let the other car pass.
If you did everything you could to prevent an accident with an aggressive driver, then you should understand your legal rights when seeking compensation for injuries and damages.