Road courtesy tips

2019-05-21 06:00

Aggressive driving has become a major and real threat to the safety of the road users, Mitchell’s Plain police revealed in a statement recently.

The statement explained that unsafe driving behaviour performed deliberately and with an intention or disregard for safety can constitute to aggressive behaviour. The statement furthermore stated that in extreme cases this may escalate to road rage which is a violent, criminal act involving the intention to cause physical harm.

They gave the following tips to deal with aggressive drivers and help to reduce stress;

. Never underestimate the other driver’s capacity for causing harm;

. Avoid making eye contact with an aggressive driver and be polite and courteous, even if the other driver is not;

. If another driver challenges you, take a deep breath and move out of the way;

. If you are dealing with an aggressive driver, make sure your doors are locked;

. If you are stopped in the traffic, leave enough room to pull out from behind the car you are following;

. If an aggressive driver confronts you, call 10111 or drive to the nearest police station;

. Be a courteous driver;

. Do not make obscene gestures;

. Use your horn sparingly – even a polite honk can be misinterpreted;

. Do not block the passing lane;

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