Avoid road rage this summer
Perrys is encouraging motorists to safeguard themselves by being watchful for initial signs of road rage on trips this summer.
Perrys’ motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay commented: “Many of us will have some familiarity of being on the wrong end of someone else’s hostility, with hellish traffic queues on sizzling summer days often bringing out the worst in some drivers.
“Although furious and uncalled-for confrontations are infrequent, it pays to be vigilant and, if possible, it’s worth trying to identify signs of hassle at their earliest stages.”
Perrys has pinpointed a few steps that will, with any luck, reduce the threat for a driver being the focus of someone else’s anger this summer:
1. Keep Calm
Keep your cool and show control. Every trip brings the chance of frustration and disagreement. Make a promise to yourself to be patient. Steer clear of using your horn or making hand signals in anger.
2. Don’t ‘Get Even’
Stay away from competition and fight the yearning to ‘get even’. If the standard of someone else’s driving upsets you, don’t try to edify or reprimand them.
3. Don’t Push
Don’t force your way into traffic queues. If you pause and signal, you won’t sit for too long before another motorist lets you in. But other drivers don’t like being made to give way.
4. Be Polite
Say sorry, and thank people. Courteousness inspires co-operation on the road. If you slip-up (and, let’s face it, we all do) or maybe cut things a bit fine, then a motion of apology avoids conflict and helps neutralise anger.
5. Summon Help
Distance yourself from danger. If you feel genuinely threatened by another motorist, then make sure your vehicle’s doors are locked and drive at a legitimate speed to the nearest police station or active area (petrol station forecourts are perfect). Use your mobile phone to call the cops. Mobile phone law allows you to make a 999 call on a hand-held device while motoring, but only if it’s not otherwise okay to stop. Sounding the horn frequently or unremittingly is likely to discourage a possible attacker.
Tim Barnes-Clay concludes: “Drivers should leave lots of time for their car journeys, which means they should feel unruffled and on top of things at the wheel. Pressure and anxiety can bring about risk taking, and this escalates the chance of aggressive episodes.
“Level-headed journey planning will help you escape being on the road at the most hectic – or the warmest – times. This is especially important if you are driving to the seaside, a ferry port, an airport, or to a popular summer event along with thousands of other motorists.
“Lastly, try and avoid becoming involved in circumstances you can recognise as unsafe or risky. If you’re concerned about another motorist who may be in danger, then the best plan is to stop somewhere safe and contact the police.”