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Road Rage: What to Do and Not Do

Updated on April 9, 2011

I have only encountered "road rage" a few times while driving a car. All of the times, it was for no real reason, as far as I could tell. One time, I left for work for my 45 min commute and the ex of my wife followed me, tried to drive me off the road, tailgated me, flipped  me off.  At first, I was a bit a freaked until I realized who it was, then, it was a weird event when he drove up along side of me while stopped in traffic. I ignored his yelling. I locked the doors and continued with my commute. As the traffic got worse, the road rager got caught up in it and I lost him.

The more recent time was out of nowhere. I was a stop sign, saw this car coming some 200 yards away, pulled onto the road rapidly. There was plenty of space between us yet the guy sped up until tailgating. He flipped me off. I threw up my hands in the " what is the problem" position and continued with this car tailgating. I pulled into the parking lot ( was just going to the store) and the road rager followed me in, yelling out his window. Instead of parking, I decided to go back in the opposite direction. He tried to speed up in the lot to get in front, that failed, for I sped up also. At the stoplight, he was yelling, "get out of the car you MF". The light turned green and I went back where I had originally came from, while the chaser, gave up and went on in the opposite direction.

I really cannot stand people like that. I did nothing wrong except get in front of him. He flipped me off (not that I care in the least), but I suspect he thought I flipped him off. This probably ticked him over the edge. But, who said one cannot return the favor?

In road rage, try to remain calm, wherever your original destination was, go in the opposite direction. There is a good chance the chaser will elect to go on another way. If you are flipped off, ignore it. If they try to provoke you at stops, lock the doors and ignore. Get their license and other details-just in case. Do not get out of your car unless you want verbal or physical abuse. If the chaser continues to follow, just keep driving wherever (not to your residence) until the give it up. If they try to get in front, do not allow it-speed up or turn. They are seeking confrontation.

People with road rage are mentally unstable at that moment. That is why they are dangerous. 

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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      7 years ago

      How true! LOL

    • dearabbysmom profile image

      dearabbysmom 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      Your comment about the road ragers being mentally unstable at the moment is so true. There is really no point in trying to match wits with them when they are in that state. Good advice in this hub!

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      7 years ago

      Usually it is correct, sometimes, you get a real redneck jerk. they will do what occurred to me. Just keep driving and choose a different direction than the direction they were driving.

    • Scosgrove profile image

      Scosgrove 

      7 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Wow! Scary story... People can be so crazy sometimes.

      You're totally right. The best advice is to stay calm and ignore them. Eventually they'll realize how ridiculous they're acting.

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      marellen 

      7 years ago

      Yep it sure is. But now a days you just don't know what a person will do, so ignoring and trying to be calm is the best solution.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      7 years ago

      Yes, it is. staying calm is the hardest thing.

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      marellen 

      7 years ago

      Very scary...good advice....

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