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39. Avoiding Road Rage

You can avoid situations leading to road rage by:

  • not cutting off other drivers
  • not driving slowly in the left (fast) lane
  • not tailgating
  • not making obscene gestures or otherwise reacting to the mistakes of other drivers
  • limiting the use of your horn to emergency situations
  • letting other drivers pass when they want to (don't block the passing lane, either)
  • obeying the rules of the road
  • turning off your turn signal after a turn or lane change
  • merging into traffic at an appropriate speed
  • yielding the right of way
  • not taking up more than one parking space
  • not letting your car door hit the vehicle in the space next to you in a parking lot
  • avoiding unnecessary use of your high beam headlights
  • keeping your music turned down
  • allowing plenty of time for every trip you take
  • remembering to be courteous

  • If you find yourself in a situation with an aggressive driver, avoid making eye contact. To some people, eye contact is the same as a challenge. If someone is determined to act out his or her frustrations, even a friendly smile can be misinterpreted. Give the angry driver plenty of space. If you make a driving error (even accidentally), it is possible the other driver may try to pick a fight with you. Put as much distance between your vehicle and the other car as you can, even by changing routes, if necessary.

    Do not be aggressive towards other drivers when you are on the road. Be patient when other drivers make mistakes and avoid getting frustrated by giving yourself extra time to get to your destination and being aware of road conditions so that you can take an alternate route.

    If you think you are being followed, don't drive home. You would only be telling your follower where you live. You should:

  • stay calm -- as long as you think clearly, you'll be in control of the situation
  • flash your lights and sound your horn long enough to attract attention to you, and consequently the person following you
  • drive to a safe spot such as a police station and sound your horn and flash your lights
  • do not leave this safe location until you're sure your follower is gone



  • Lesson Summary


      

    Lesson 3 Quiz


    You will now answer 5 questions to test what you learned during this lesson. You must answer all questions correctly to receive completion credit for this lesson. You may answer the questions as many times as necessary to get them right.

    You should review the lesson material if you don't do well on the quiz.

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    2. When listening to your car radio, or other audio device:


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    3. The colorless, odorless and poisonous gas from the exhaust is called:


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    4. The "P" in the SIPDE process stands for:


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    5. A vehicles' "blind spots" are:


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