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The Bad Tempered Driver


Do you know that one of the biggest hazards on our roads is the growing number of discourteous drivers?

These drivers tailgate, pass improperly, cut other motorists off, honk their horns unnecessarily, weave through traffic, form extra lanes, and flash their lights to get others out of the way, and sometimes respond inappropriately to perceived affront.

Some drivers can lose ever so easily Insignificant incidents such as parking space disputes, fender benders, obscene gestures, loud music, and overuse of the horn or failure to use a turn signal can lead to violent confrontations.

To become a more courteous driver, experts recommend:

·         Use the passing lane only when passing.

·         Signal before switching.

·         Allow plenty of space between your car and the car in front; don’t tailgate.

·         If you drive slowly, stay to the right.

·         Don’t let yourself be distracted by anything or people inside your vehicle.

·         Don’t take more than one parking space.

·         Be careful when you get out of your car so that your door doesn’t strike the car parked next to you.

To avoid becoming victim of an aggressive driver:

·         Never underestimate the other driver’s capacity for trouble.

·         Avoid eye contact with troublemaking motorists.

·         Don’t challenge hostile drivers or react in any way, they may just be spoiling for a needless fight. Instead, make every safe attempt to get away from them as quickly as you can.

·         Make a mental note of their number plate if you can and report to the authorities whenever possible.

·         Don’t return gestures.

·         Use your horn sparingly.

·         Maintain a safe following distance from those driving erratically.

·         Keep your cool.

The roads are dangerous enough without provoking drivers who are capable of violent acts.

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