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Look, I get it. It’s been a long day at work. Your boss has been threatening to fire you on account of leaving your desk to save someone from a carjacker. And then, just as you’re finally on the highway, on your way home, some jerk darts in front of you and cuts you off. You have a right to be angry, don’t you? Well, nobody’s expecting you to applaud. But considering that “letting out your anger” usually leads to more anger, we’d advise you to simply shrug it off and calm down. Let’s be honest; you’ve probably done it before too, right?

The majority of people think they’re good drivers and most others are bad drivers; the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. Except for me, of course. I’m the exception to the rule; I’m so good at driving, they named an auto insurance provider after me! But what if somebody does get angry on the road? What if somebody is showing signs of the infamous road rage? The most important thing to remember is that you should stay calm. Second, write down the license plate number if you can safely do it – e.g. not while driving. If necessary, report this person to the authorities once you can – again, your own safety is most important.

At best, someone else’s road rage can be a mild inconvenience. At worst, it can be life-threatening. You also need to realize that if somebody does angrily start to ram into somebody, get out of the car and scream, etc. that logic probably will not diffuse the situation. Arguing back will only make everything worse. If you’re involved, agree with whatever is being said. Apologize. Accept blame. Whether or not anything was actually your fault doesn’t matter. Just accept blame.  Showing that you’re not intimidated by an irrational stranger isn’t nearly as important as your well-being.