I’m not proud of it, but I’ll be the first to admit it… I’ve succumbed to anger when driving. I’m only human! However, road rage often results in aggressive driving manoeuvres such as speeding, running red lights, weaving in and out of traffic, and failing to yield the right of way. Transport Canada reports that 27% of fatalities and 19% of serious injuries involve speeding. According to a 2021 national survey, 95% of Canadians admitted to engaging in “road rage-like behaviour” at least occasionally. Sometimes we need a little reminder to keep cool – so here is your daily reminder.
Practice polite driving.
Avoid tailgating, speeding, weaving, erratic braking and leaving on high beams. When in doubt, behave
Give other drivers the benefit of the doubt.
Most driving mistakes are unintentional. Try not to take them personally. An aggressive response isn’t worth the risk of injury or death.
Keep your travel expectations reasonable.
Don’t set unrealistic goals for how quickly you can get somewhere. Prepare for traffic and give yourself plenty of time to reduce your chances of using unsafe driving behaviours and getting angry at other drivers.
Steer clear of aggressive drivers.
Put space between yourself and aggressive drivers. Consider slowing down to let aggressive drivers ahead or changing lanes to create distance.
Don’t make rude gestures.
Avoid making eye contact or making hand gestures at aggressive drivers. Use your horn sparingly and only for emergency situations.
If an aggressive driver is targeting you, call 911 and stay on the phone with the dispatcher. Consider driving to the nearest police station, convenience store or public location. Do not go home if you’re being followed.