How to Avoid and Handle Road Rage

Road rage is a sensitive topic in Albuquerque. It’s been two years since Lilly Garcia, a four-year-old was shot in a road rage incident, and for many, it’s well-past long enough to forget the dangers of road rage. We’re here to remind you.

Driving Is about Transportation, Not Ego

Perhaps the main point to remember to prevent road rage (in you or in another driver) is that driving is about getting from Point A to Point B. That’s all you’re doing, that’s all everyone on the road is trying to do. You don’t win anything by getting to Point B faster. Your reason for getting to Point B is not more important than anyone else’s, so no one on the road owes you anything.

Be the Bigger Driver

It’s easy to take someone else’s driving “quirks” personally…and just as easy to react angrily. Don’t. To create a world free of road rage, you must first do your part to diffuse it. That means you may have to:

  • Pull over to let someone tailgating you pass you
  • Take being honked or gestured at without doing anything in return

It also means you need to be aware of what you are doing. Know when you are slowing the flow of traffic and move to your right. Know if you’re starting to weave because you’re trying to find the CD you really want and correct your steering. Know if your blinkers are on because you changed lanes two miles ago.

Keep Yourself Safe

No matter how calm you may be behind the wheel, your driving may not be able to diffuse another driver’s frustration. If you feel targeted for road rage, use your hands-free mobile to call the police. If you are being followed and harassed, pull into your nearest police station or other well-lit public place. (You may want to stay in your car to see what the road rager may do. You leaving your car first can be interpreted as a sign of aggression and escalate the situation.)