How to Deal With Aggressive Drivers
As a driver, you actually have a lot of control over the risks you face on the road. Knowing the best way to deal with the everyday situations you encounter will help ensure you reach your destination safely.
Here are some of the most important driving techniques and habits you can (and should) adopt.
We explain how you can:
- Protect yourself from aggressive drivers.
- Apply the 2-second rule to stay a safe distance behind the car in front, plus other critical vehicle-handling techniques.
- Not drive impaired - When most of us think of impaired driving, we think of people who drink and drive. But anything that decreases your ability to judge the situation around you and to react appropriately can be dangerous. And the problem with being impaired is that we often don't realise the extent of our own impairment
- Watch out at junctions. Share the road with lorrys, and keep clear of their large blind spots.
- Pull over for a fire engines, ambulance or police cars.
Whether you're doing the daily commute, seeing the sights on a day trip, or just running to the local grocery for a pint of milk, here are ways to keep calm on the road:
- Be realistic about your travel time. Allow time for possible delays because of traffic, construction or bad weather. If you're going to be later than you expected - deal with it. Take a deep breath and accept the delay. Like they say, better to arrive late than to not arrive at all.
- Set a good example, to other drivers and to the other people in your vehicle. This is especially important if some of your passengers are children who will learn their attitude towards driving from you.
- Give other drivers the benefit of the doubt. They might be from out of town, in a hurry, or distracted by things that have nothing to do with you.
- Slow down and keep your distance.