|Here is how to keep your emotions in check and stay safe on the road:
- It’s nothing personal. Remember that the other motorist doesn’t know you. The anger you’re feeling doesn’t merit a response that could cause an accident or police intervention.
- Give them the benefit of a doubt. There may actually be a valid reason for an interaction that appears hostile, but isn’t intended to be. Keep in mind that the other person could be lost or late for a plane—if you do this, you’re less likely to get angry.
- Get a good head start. Tension often stems from a feeling of constantly running late.
- Practice basic courtesy. The more you stick with fundamentally sound, safe habits, the better your chances of avoiding a confrontation. So put away the phone and pay attention to what is going on around you.
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- Use restaurant etiquette. In a potentially explosive situation, defuse it by acting as if you were face-to-face with the other person.