Road Rage

  • Do not take your eyes off the road.
  • Avoid eye contact with an aggressive driver.
  • Stay cool; don't react to provocation.
  • Distance yourself from drivers behaving erratically.
  • Do not make obscene gestures.
  • Use your horn sparingly.
  • Keep to the right except to pass; don't block passing lane.
  • Do not switch lanes without signaling.
  • Avoid blocking the right-hand turn lane.
  • Do not take more than one parking space.
  • If you are not disabled, don't park in a disabled space.
  • Be careful to not allow your door to hit the car parked next to you.
  • Do not tailgate.
  • Avoid unnecessary use of high beam headlights.
  • Do not become distracted by a cell phone, CD players, GPS system, etc.
  • Do not stop in the road to talk with a pedestrian or other driver.
  • Do not expose neighboring cars or others with loud or inappropriate music.
  • Assume other drivers' mistakes are not personal.
  • Be polite and courteous, even if the other driver isn't.
  • Avoid all conflict if possible. If another driver challenges you, take a deep breath and get out of the way.
  • Lower your stress by allowing plenty of time for the trip.
  • Understand that you can't control the traffic. You can only control your reaction to it.
  • If you are followed, either drive to the nearest police station or call 911 on your cell phone.
  • Finally, if you are tempted to drive irrationally, ask yourself: "Is it worth being killed? Is it worth going to jail?"