2021 SUMMER SAFETY CAMPAIGN – MAY
As summer is quickly approaching, we want to kick off our 2021 Summer Safety Campaign and highlight a key SEPI Safety topic, road rage. Road rage can affect anyone. Learn the most common signs of road rage and how you can avoid it below.
MOST COMMON FORMS OF ROAD RAGE
- Honking in anger
- Making angry gestures
- Trying to block another vehicle from changing lanes
- Cutting off another vehicle on purpose
- Getting out of the vehicle to confront another driver
- Bumping or ramming another vehicle on purpose
ROAD RAGE FACTORS
Here are some common factors that often contribute to road rage incidents or aggressive driving behavior.
Heavy traffic, sitting at stoplights, looking for a parking space or even waiting for passengers can increase a driver’s anger level.
Running behind for a meeting or appointment can cause drivers to be impatient.
If drivers feel that they probably won’t see other drivers again, they may feel more comfortable engaging in risky driving behaviors like tailgating, cutting people off, excessive honking or making rude gestures.
If the motoring public report these road rage incidents to our SEPI office, disciplinary measures could be taken with the employee.
DISREGARD FOR OTHERS AND THE LAW
Some drivers may think the rules don’t apply to them.
HABITUAL OR LEARNED BEHAVIOR
For some drivers, aggressive driving may be the norm.
HOW TO AVOID ROAD RAGE
Make sure you have the right car insurance policy to protect yourself from aggressive drivers or if you find yourself the victim of a road rage incident.
BEFORE YOU GET BEHIND THE WHEEL
Don’t rush. Give yourself time to get where you’re going; you’re less likely to become impatient and take unnecessary risks.
Cool off. If you’re upset, take time to calm down.
Be aware and anticipate. If you expect something to happen you can sometimes resolve the issue before it occurs.
WHAT TO REMEMBER WHEN DRIVING
Give other drivers a break. If someone is driving slowly, keep in mind they might be lost.
Use hand gestures wisely. Keep gestures positive – say, waving to a driver who lets you in when merging.
Don’t tailgate. Always keep a safe distance from the car in front, no matter how slowly they might be driving.
Lay off the horn. Honking out of frustration won’t solve any problems; it will just increase the stress level for everyone on the road.
Don’t stop to confront another driver. Stopping could lead to a dangerous situation for everyone.
IF ANOTHER DRIVER ACTS AGGRESSIVELY
Stay away. Safely change lanes, gradually slow down or even exit the highway to keep a safe distance from the aggressive driver.
Don’t reciprocate. Ignore the temptation to respond to the other driver; it could cause the situation to escalate. Don’t make eye contact.
Don’t stop. Stopping could lead to a person-to-person confrontation, which could be dangerous.
Watch your back. If you’re worried that the other driver is following you, keep your doors locked and drive to the nearest police station.
Following these simple steps will help you and others have a safe, yet fun summer!
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