How To Keep Calm On Stressful Journeys…
Road safety as well as breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is usually encouraging drivers to avoid getting involved in conflicts on journeys. The advice follows the two year suspended prison sentence handed to Harvey Spencer Stephens following a ‘road rage’ attack in August last year. Former actor Stephens sprang to fame as devil child Damien within the 1976 movie ‘The Omen’.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said: “Some drivers believe which’s acceptable to behave on the road in a way they would certainly never dream of behaving in different areas of their lives. which is usually most likely because being within your vehicle has the effect of dehumanising a situation of conflict. We tend to ignore the risk of possible consequences, either to ourselves or to different road users, so we allow our frustration as well as anger to be directed at those who get in our way or whose driving actions displease us.”
GEM has identified a few steps (taken through its ‘Courtesy on the Road’ leaflet) which will hopefully reduce the risk for a driver of being the target of someone else’s aggression:
1 Keep calm as well as show restraint. Every journey brings the risk of frustration as well as conflict. Make a pledge to be patient. Avoid using your horn or creating gestures in anger.
2 Avoid competition as well as resist the desire to ‘get even’. If the standard of someone else’s driving disappoints you, don’t attempt to educate or rebuke them.
3 Don’t push into traffic queues. If you wait as well as clearly signal, you won’t wait long before another drive lets you in. although they don’t like being forced into giving way.
4 Say thank you, say sorry, Courtesy encourages co-operation on the road. If you make a mistake or perhaps cut things a bit fine, then a gesture of apology avoids confrontation as well as helps defuse anger.
5 Move away through trouble. If you feel seriously threatened by another driver, then ensure your car doors locked as well as drive (at legal speed) to the nearest police station or busy area (petrol station forecourts are ideal). Use your mobile phone to alert the police. Pressing the horn repeatedly or continuously is usually likely to deter a potential attacker.
Neil Worth concludes: “which’s all about showing consideration, patience as well as tolerance. We all make mistakes through time to time. Remember also which some drivers will be out there looking for argument as well as conflict. They may take pleasure as a situation escalates – although no one has control over how which will finish, as well as which’s what makes any involvement potentially so dangerous.”
Free copies of GEM’s Courtesy on the Road leaflet are available for download through http://ift.tt/1NadQpX.
by Mr Butterscotch via Car Articles