As drivers, we all have a responsibility to ensure safety to all road users, motorists and pedestrians, at all times. Often times, we are forced to confront drivers on road rage or road bullies. So how to deal with road bullies? The best thing to do is speed dial the police (make sure to have ‘999’ on your speed dial). If things really get out of hand, lock your doors, call the cops or drive to a busy spot. To deal with a road bully on your own is a recipe for disaster.
- Stay calm. Most incidents on the roads can leave you overwhelmed, especially after a tense situation. Before continuing on your journey, why don’t you try looking for a quiet space to stop where you can breathe deeply and collect yourself.
- Don’t react. If you see someone acting in an intimidating or aggressive manner, don’t make eye contact or behave in a manner that could aggravate the situation further. Resist the urge to retaliate as you’d never predict how the other driver will respond.
- Avoid it. Avoid tailgating and responding to rude gestures and remarks. Acknowledging your mistake with a cheery wave will often defuse a situation immediately.
Remember you’re not the only driver on the road. If possible, swallow your pride and continue with your journey rather than getting caught up in a road rage or an argument. If you are at fault admit it and apologize.
Malaysia’s capital city and the so-called Klang Valley have some of the busiest and most congested roads, so delays and frustration are inevitable as we head about on daily journeys. Give yourself extra time to catch the latest traffic updates before you set off. The worst delays on our main roads are caused by breakdowns, incidents, and accidents. Make sure that you and your car are prepared for anything that might happen out there. Click here to learn how to deal with accidents and here for tips to deal with breakdowns!