Road rage is a term that we’re all familiar with, but as a problem on our highways, it’s one that is not going away.
As a fleet manager, teaching your drivers how to deal with road
rage, especially during these hot summer months, can help your team
avoid incidents that in the past have led to some pretty terrifying
One of the most important rules of the road when it comes to dealing
with aggressive drivers is to know that you can’t control any driver’s
behavior but your own. It is not being cut off by another driver, or
having someone tailgating behind your vehicle that causes road rage as
much as how you react that will determine what happens next.
Remind your drivers that they should try to keep their cool and not
react as aggressively as the other driver. Doing so might actually
defuse any potential further incidents.
Venting might seem as gratifying as other actions when you’re in the
heat of the moment, but encourage your fleet drivers to talk about the
driving experience – it is proven to relieve stress and help cut down
on a drivers road rage.
In an article posted at dmv.org
the question is asked, “What if you are the aggressive driver?” The
article recommends that you challenge your drivers to analyze their
driving styles to find out if they are susceptible to road rage and
supply a list of examples that are characteristics of aggressive
* Using their horn
* Flashing their headlights
* Changing lanes quickly and often
* Gesturing to other drivers
* Talking on their cell phone
There are thousands of drivers on the road every day and dmv.org
points out that road rage can be triggered by drivers who are driving
under the speed limit, skipping turn signals, slowing down early for
exits, accelerating unevenly, and hogging lanes.
Sometimes it’s easier said than done, but remind your fleet drivers
that they are sharing the road with other motorists, pedestrians, and
cyclists and in the end everyone is trying to get from here to there,
no matter where they may be headed, safe and sound.
It’s better to keep a watchful eye on the road than to be ready for
a confrontation when another driver makes one wrong move on the road.
For a free analysis of your driving style, check out RoadRagers.com and for the complete article on road rage, click here.
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