Road rage and aggressive driving claim hundreds of lives each year across the United States. One of the best ways to reduce your risk of being injured in a car accident is to avoid falling into these habits yourself. There are also a few ways to ease tension while on the road, which will make traveling safer for everybody. The South Jersey personal injury lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC offer the following tips to help you avoid an aggressive driving accident.
Avoid engaging with the other driver
One of the easiest ways to prevent things from getting worse when faced with an aggressive or bullying driver is to keep calm and restrain yourself from engaging with the other driver in a negative way. This means avoiding such behaviors as making rude gestures, shouting, honking unnecessarily, and flashing your lights. While many drivers are tempted to simply throw up their hands and give in to the temptation to engage in these habits, this behavior tends to only make things worse. Moreover, by focusing your attention on the other driver instead of the road, you increase your risk of having a distracted drivingaccident.
Open passing lanes when you can. If you are traveling on a multi-lane highway, it can be a common reflex to speed up or slow down when an aggressive driver is on your tail. Speeding can put you and others around you at risk of injury (or, in your case, a ticket), and slowing down can be equally unsafe in certain situations, not to mention making the aggressive driver even angrier. In these situations, just be the better driver and, once it is safe to do so, move over to the right before the issue becomes worse.
Keep a safe distance
It is also important to maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. Heavy traffic and slow drivers make it easy to crawl up on someone's rear bumper, but having a bit of extra space is frequently the difference between a collision and a close call. As a general rule, three or four seconds' worth of distance between your car and the one in front of you will give you ample time to avoid a collision, or at least reduce the likelihood and severity of a crash.
Share the road responsibly
Avoid driving if you are feeling stressed or angry. Take a short walk outdoors or find some other way to reduce feelings of rage or anxiety before getting behind the wheel. Staying calm when things get bad can allow you to judge the situation more realistically, and help prevent you from making mistakes that could cost you or a loved one.
Bridgeton Car Accident Lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC Help Victims of Aggressive Drivers
Bridgeton car accident lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC help drivers by communicating with insurance and ensuring proper liability is established. If you have been involved in a car accident in Bridgeton, the litigators at Rone & Kowalski, LLC can help. Call 609-476-4044 x 203 or contact us online today for a free consultation.