While some drivers already have their own strategy for defusing road rage, others do not. Below are just a few tips for defusing angry and aggressive feelings, both in one’s self and in others. Following these tips could help drivers avoid accidents and a lot of unnecessary tension.
The first step is for drivers to remain calm when someone else, for example, cuts them off or takes a parking space they were aiming for. One could listen to classical music to relieve stress or think reasonable thoughts. One should also not grip the steering wheel as this will constrict blood flow and cause headaches. Above all, one should refrain from honking the horn, flashing the high beams or making inflammatory hand gestures.
In addition, drivers should avoid making eye contact with the aggressive party because this could be taken as a challenge. On multi-lane highways, drivers do not want to make others pass them on the right, so if someone approaches closely, they should signal for a right turn and make the turn when it’s safe to do so.
Lastly, drivers will want to build some breathing room in traffic jams. This is in case they need to escape from a bullying driver who begins to violate their vehicle’s personal space.
If an aggressive driver is to blame for a motor vehicle accident, the victim may be able to file a personal injury claim. A successful claim could cover medical expenses, vehicle damage, lost wages and more. In fact, the victim could even sue for punitive damages, which are meant to punish the at-fault party for reckless or malicious conduct. Legal representation is recommended, however, as a lawyer could hire investigators and other third parties to gather proof before starting negotiations for a settlement.