The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines road rage as “a motorist’s uncontrolled anger that is usually provoked by another motorist’s irritating act and is expressed in aggressive or violent behavior.”  The holidays mean worsening weather and increasing traffic—perfect conditions for road rage.  Here are a few simple ways you can avoid getting caught up in road rage, both someone else’s and your own.

  • First—don’t be the reason for someone else’s rage!
  • Drive defensively. Use your blinker to signal turns and lane changes.
  • Don’t drive slowly in the left lane. Leave room for others who want to get around you.  If someone needs to pass, move over to the right lane as soon as possible.
  • Give other drivers space.  Avoid tailgating, following too closely, or cutting other drivers off.
  • Plan ahead.  If you have plenty of time to get where you’re going, you’ll be able to take your time and not have to weave in and out of traffic.
  • Pay attention.  Don’t drive distractedly—this makes you more likely to drive too slowly, cut others off, or to fail to use your signal.

Just as importantly, keep your own rage in check!

  • Get plenty of sleep.  Do everything you can to avoid driving while cranky. 
  • Avoid aggressive music.  Angry music makes for angry drivers.  Do everything you can to make your car a relaxing environment.
  • Remember simple courtesies.  Let other drivers merge into your lane without a fuss.  Be patient.
  • Breathe.  Don’t take traffic transgressions personally.  Instead of expressing your annoyance, take a deep breath and let it pass.
  • Don’t engage.  Don’t make eye contact with aggressive drivers or make angry gestures or remarks.  Consider whether expressing your anger is worth endangering yourself.

With these tips in mind, have a safe, happy, and road rage-free holiday!  And remember, if you or a loved one has been involved in an automobile wreck, contact The Ryder Law Firm.  You have questions, we have answers.  We are here to help.