Your safety needs to be placed above any personal desire to put someone else in his place! But what should we do when confronted by aggressive drivers?
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.
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