Miss Debrett on... Road Rage
Once in a car, normal manners may
fly out of the window. Perhaps it's
because, with all that metal in
which you are encased, you feel
more invincible; perhaps it's
because you know another
driver may not hear you
through the glass windows
and engine noise. Perhaps
it's because other road users
are simply so annoying...
Modern roads can be challenging,
and a good driver will always remember this before using driving as a way of expressing irritation or frustration. It goes without saying, therefore, that aggressive driving should be avoided at all costs.
Tailgating, with or without flashing headlights and pointless horn-blowing, are not the signs of alpha superiority, merely a dangerous inability to control emotions while in charge of a very powerful machine. Remember that your passengers will, rightly, be alarmed If you drive like a testosterone-fuelled fury.
Do not allow yourself to become agitated or involved if someone
is behaving badly on the road. This will only make the situation
worse. Pull over where it is safe to do so, calm down and, when you
feel more relaxed, continue your journey. Slow down and hold back
if a road user pulls out into your path at a junction. Allow them
to get clear. Do not over-react by driving too close behind to
Avoid arguing with your passengers or other road users and make allowances for older drivers who may have slower reactions.
Miss Debrett's Top Tips
- Avoid tailgating and horn-blowing at all costs - you will immediately be marked down as someone who can't control their aggression.
- If someone is behaving badly on the road, rise above it. Take a deep breath, carry on regardless and never allow yourself to become involved.
- Don't bear a grudge. If someone's driving offends you, put it out of your mind - reacting aggressively when you next see the offender is needlessly provocative.