How to Avoid Road Rage

Today, the number of traffic-related offenses caused by some sort of road rage are concerning. 66 percent of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive drivers, according to Safe Motorist. If you are the victim of a horrific car accident and are in need of a skilled personal injury attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 for your free consultation today. Combat these awful statistics and keep reading for a few tips on how to avoid road rage. Whether you are typically the aggressive driver or someone who is on the receiving end, these tips may be helpful to you.

How to Avoid Road Rage

Tip #1: ALWAYS check your blind spots when changing lanes.

Do not anger someone else by being careless and switching lanes without looking to see if someone else is there first. Check first, then use your signal to considerately switch lanes the right way. This action alone will help prevent someone else from turning into a road-raged driver.

Tip #2: Change lanes if someone is tailgating you.

If you are being tailgated, the odds are the person tailgating you is in a hurry and is extremely angry that you won't move over and let them by. Avoid further road rage and protect yourself from this aggressive driver and change lanes.

Tip #3: Give yourself more time in the mornings.

Do you often find yourself speeding in the morning to get to work on time each day? Are you cursing at other drivers and stressed on your commute? You may have road rage. Make your daily commute a little easier on yourself and give yourself more time. For example:

  • Pack your and your children's' lunches the night before
  • Lay your and your children's clothes out the night before
  • Go to bed earlier so you have a better chance of waking up on time
  • Prepare your coffee pot the night before 
  • Prepare your breakfast the night before to where you just have to heat it up in the morning
The point here is to make your morning less stressful, by leaving 10-20 minutes earlier than what you typically do so you can avoid being a road-raged driver.

Tip #4: THINK before you choose to act aggressively.

Think about the consequences of your action before you do them. For example, is "flipping off" the driver next to you really worth angering them and potentially causing an accident, a fight, being late to work, or worse? No. Take a breath and treat others how you want to be treated.

Tip #5: Calm yourself with music.

Let's say there is an accident and traffic is really backed up. There's nothing you can do and you will most likely be late for work. Accept the things you cannot change and relax. Don't become a road-raged driver and try calming yourself down by listening to some music.

Road Rage Causes Car Accidents: Get Legal Help from Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch

Whether you were the victim of a car accident caused by road rage or received a speeding ticket when you were driving aggressively, we can help you. Our Camden County attorneys assess your individual case, determine what your needs are, and plot a course of action calculated to achieve an outcome in accordance with your wishes. Our experienced litigators are not afraid to stand up for our clients’ rights in court. We can also explore mediation and settlement as avenues that can start helping injured victims feel whole again. If this sounds like something you'd like to discuss with an experienced attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call today for your free consultation.

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