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How to stay safe when you encounter a dangerous driver

On Behalf of | Aug 6, 2019 | Firm News

We can invest in the safest car, drive only during daylight hours and practice safe driving habits, but these things will never be able to control how other drivers behave. Unfortunately, we are all at risk of being involved in an accident because of the reckless actions of others.

While we can never control other drivers’ actions, we can control the way that we react to their actions to minimize the risk of a collision. By taking the time to understand common safety tactics, you will be better prepared to face any challenge on the road.

Don’t make eye contact with the dangerous driver

If you are in a situation in which a driver is behaving recklessly, it is paramount that you focus on protecting the safety of yourself and other drivers on the road. Making eye contact with a reckless driver is going to distract you from operating the vehicle, and it may lead to the dangerous driver reacting by exhibiting road rage and becoming more reckless.

Keep your cool

Road rage can be experienced by the best of us. Becoming angry behind the wheel can be understandable because it’s not easy to stay calm when another driver is compromising your safety and the safety of others. However, the safest possible thing to do is to try not to react emotionally to their actions, but, instead, to focus on driving calmly and competently.

Drive defensively

The best way to prepare for a dangerous driver is to assume that you will encounter one before you step into the car. By anticipating the unpredictable behavior of others, you will be mentally prepared for a dangerous situation, and you will probably be able to act more competently. By adopting this mindset, you will also act more defensively when driving, making sure to keep a good distance between you and the car in front, in case they do anything unexpected.

If you have recently been involved in a collision with a reckless driver in Georgia, it is important that you ensure that fault is properly established. By doing so, you will be able to gain the damages that you deserve.