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How to Avoid Angry Drivers

Do not let other drivers take their bad day out on you on the road. Be a conscious, courteous driver and avoid angry drivers.


  • Step 1: Stay calm when another driver upsets you. Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
  • Step 2: Never engage a driver who is throwing a road rage temper tantrum. Do not get out of your car or go home if someone is following you. Try to get their license plate, call the police, and go to a well-populated area. Stay safe on the road!
  • FACT: One-fourth of teenage drivers report they exceed the speed limit by 15 miles per hour when a male passenger is in the vehicle.
  • Step 3: Avoid making any negative gestures to other drivers, which could invite road rage.
  • Step 4: Keep your distance from the car in front of you. Pull over if the car behind you is following too close -- you should be able to see the headlights of the car behind you in your rearview mirror.
  • TIP: Apologize to the driver if you accidentally cut them off -- use an appropriate gesture like slapping your forehead with your hand.
  • Step 5: Slow down if another driver cuts you off, and let them merge.
  • Step 6: Get out of the left lane when a driver wants to pass. Try using the far left lane only for passing.
  • Step 7: Do not cut off other drivers. Use your turn signal and make sure you have enough room before you merge or switch lanes.

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