“Hi just as an illustration of how not to behave as a SA citizen. This morning travelling in Commissioner street in the CBD I saw why people turn around sometimes and give into road rage because it is a matter of good manners.
I was travelling in the left hand lane which is very narrow because of the centre bus lane. So every morning people travel and we all know that we should not drive in the lane restricted for busses. Well these two guys in the vehicle (attached) came up the bus lane and the JMPD are on duty every day they realized they have to swerve over the “hobbles” demarcating the bus lane and nearly pushed me into the parked traffic.
I managed to slam on brakes and low and behold the passenger (a white male in need of a shave and a wash) opened his window and he was swearing at ME and waving the most obscene signs and hand signals. Well, I thought if it was a big strong man driving my car would he be doing that especially knowing he is in the wrong? I don’t think so. You can even see from the picture what he is doing I took the picture from my car. What respect is that for a woman I ask myself and I drive this road to work every day even the taxis drive more courteous than these hooligans.
With citizens like this no wonder we have all sorts of arguments and fights breaking out because this is just so not cool.
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What do we need to know when confronted by these road rage idiots?
Safe Driving Advice when confronted by road rage
We have shared advice on how to avoid road rage, but what do we do when another is already enraged and confronting us? We have found a few good suggestions from our road safety friends in Canada.
The Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec and CAA-Quebec urge drivers to avoid situations that can lead to confrontation.
Tips on handling situations involving aggressive drivers:
• If a driver is putting pressure on you:
If possible and safe, move to the left and let the other driver pass you.
• If you are faced with aggressive behaviour:
Avoid eye contact with the aggressive driver so as not to exacerbate the situation.
Do not respond to provocative words or actions.
Do not respond with disrespectful words or actions.
Do what you can to avoid conflict.
• If an aggressive person leaves his vehicle and heads toward you:
Remain in your vehicle, make sure the windows are shut and doors locked.
Avoid arguing with the aggressive driver, looking at the person or making provocative gestures.
Leave the area and go to a place where you can get help.
Do not go home if the aggressive driver is following you.
If you’re in traffic and can’t drive away, pick up your cellphone and show the person you are calling the Police
If the person doesn’t back off, honk your horn to attract the attention of other drivers.
Note the make of the other driver’s car and his or her license plate.
[This email has been shared with the National Traffic Call Centre and Enforcement at the RTMC]