How to avoid road rage from IAM RoadSmart

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IAM RoadSmart has come up with a list of top tips on how to avoid becoming a road rage victim.

As you’d probably expect, the advice revolves around not reacting to aggressive behaviour from other road users.

Whether that’s through avoiding eye contact or letting others go, the general theme is to avoid confrontation on the road wherever possible.

Tips to avoid becoming a road rage victim

1. If someone is being confrontational or aggressive, don’t make eye contact and do not react.
2. Let the other road user go. Even if you’re in the right and they’re in the wrong, let the other party go and forget about it.
3. Cameras can be your friend when it comes to road rage. If it’s possible, record aggressive or confrontational behaviour with dash cams. It will help you if you need evidence.
4. If you feel threatened, phone the police.
5. Saying sorry helps. If you were at fault, admit it and move on.
6. Take a breather. If you’re wound up, take a break and calm down before getting back on your bike and continuing your journey.

Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart head of standards, said: “Road rage does not affect everyone every day. If you’re finding it is happening very often, you might want to think about how you engage with other road users.”

“No-one need experience road rage, but it us up to each of us to ensure it stays that way.”

Currently, there is no specific offence for road rage in the UK and it can fall under different classifications.

A recent survey found that when it comes to Bikers, it’s drivers texting that gets their blood boiling most.

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