Road rage is a modern-day epidemic, a by-product of increasingly busy roads and stressful, fast-paced lives.

At the extreme end of the scale are life-threatening acts, which – though uncommon – do happen. At the lower end, road rage can take the form of an angry word, gesture or honk on the horn. We’ve probably all done one of these actions, but they can be dangerous as they’re a distraction from the road and the task of driving.

So, how do you avoid road rage – both feeling it and receiving it?

Take a look at some of our suggestions:

  • Learn to identify the feelings of anger in yourself. Recognising the beginnings of road rage will help you to control it
  • Starting to feel irritated? Slow down, take deep breaths and try to rationalise the situation. Perhaps it was just a case of poor driving, or a mistake that’s got you all wound up
  • Stay focused, stay safe. The moment you take your mind off the road and start focusing on other drivers, you’re distracted. Don’t give bad drivers the time of day
  • Think before you react. Before you tailgate someone or lean on your horn, have a think about how this makes you look. If you’ve ever seen anyone else doing this kind of thing, you’ll know exactly what other drivers will be thinking of you
  • Never fight bad driving with bad driving. The minute you start to cut people off in revenge or follow too closely, you put everyone else around you in danger. Your car shouldn’t be a weapon you wield – it’s a powerful piece of machinery that can quickly get out of control with one slight mistake
  • Dealing with aggressive driving. If someone else is driving aggressively, the best thing you can do is get out of of the way, and reduce the danger. However if you feel like the other driver poses a danger to others on the road, try to get their number plate, pull over and report it to the police.

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