Traveling for the Holidays? Prevent Road Rage!
Gathering with friends and family during the holidays may be one of the most joyful experiences we get all year. Its a great time to catch up and be near the ones you love, but there are a few drawbacks.
Unfortunately, all that travel to get together coupled with more traffic on the roads can wear a person down, making the trip more stressful than it might have been. When drivers are frustrated and road-weary, the potential for road rage-induced conflict is high.
First, some facts about road rage incidents: did you know that over 300 people are seriously injured or killed every year from aggressive and violent road rage-type behavior? Annually, there are approximately 1,200 accidents as a result of such incidents. The most worrisome part is that all of these events are 100% preventable.
Beat the holiday travel blues this year by keeping road rage at bay follow these tips from PKSD.
Tip #1: Drive Defensively
Your best bet is to be the best driver you can be. Its obvious, but simply stay aware of your surroundings and being a courteous motorist means that you are quite literally doing everything you can to avoid any problems. However, just because youre on your best behavior does not mean a road-rage incident cant find its way to you.
If this is the case, remain calm, remember that hostility is contagious, and try to let it all go.
Tip #2: Plan Ahead
The unexpected delay can take your trip schedule from rushed to downright impossible. Avoid running on a time crunch by planning for delays and leaving yourself some wiggle room on the clock. How many times have you laid on the horn because the driver in front of you is taking too long to park or proceed through an intersection?
Give yourself plenty of time, plan your routes and come up with backup strategies to eliminate a stressful drive.
Tip #3: Choose Your Music Wisely
Music has an incredible effect on human emotions and can impact our mental state in any setting. Have you ever noticed that the numbers on the pedometer creep up while youre listening to fast-paced, more intense music?
Songs with heavy, driving beats or frenetic energy might make you more aggressive or cause you to speed. If you think you may be in for a long haul, stick with mellow tunes.
Hit by a Driver Experiencing Road Rage?
If you do happen to become the victim of a road-raging driver this holiday season, protect yourself and your family by consulting a qualified Milwaukee car accident lawyer. At PKSD, our injury attorneys can help you fight for the compensation you are owed for what happened to you.