According to a recent study of North American drivers, the highest incidence of Road Rage occurs during morning rush hours in general, and more specifically on Tuesday mornings in September. Predictably, another spike traditionally occurs on Fridays during evening rush hour and on urban roadways, as opposed to rural. Sundays prove to be the least hostile day to hit the road.
The AAA Foundation offers these tips for "cutting off" road rage before it starts:
All drivers need to take a deep breath sometimes and remember that most important thing about your commute is getting to your destination safely. Here are a few tips on how to avoid aggressive driving from our road rage brochure:
1. Don’t offend: Avoid cutting other drivers off and apologize if you accidently do so. Avoid tailgating and aggressively honking the horn as these things anger other drivers. Avoid making inappropriate or offensive gestures.
2. Don’t Engage: If you notice an aggressive driver, do your best to get out of their way. Avoid eye contact to prevent any encounter from becoming more personal. Seek help if you think someone is following you by driving to a safe/crowded location.
3. Adjust Your Attitude: Don’t focus on “making good time." Instead, leave earlier to allow yourself extra time in case there is traffic that slows you down. Put yourself in the other driver’s shoes – would you want to be cut off, tailgated, or yelled at? If you find yourself getting angry while driving, take a deep breath and remember any escalation of a situation will only make things worse.