Keep cool in the heat of summer driving

by Michael Moroney
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Summer heat, when it comes also marks the arrival of pressure cooker driving conditions. Many drivers will be taking to the road stressed by holiday deadlines, long traffic queues, overheated cars and hot tempered drivers. Here we provide some advice on dealing with road rage for riders and drivers.
Be considerate. You are not the only driver or rider on the road. Swallow your pride and continue with your journey rather than getting caught up in an argument. If you are at fault admit it and apologise.
Call the gardai. If you do not feel safe and feel the situation is getting beyond your control, lock your doors and get in contact with the gardai or drive to a busy location.
Stay calm. Most incidents on the roads can leave you shaken, especially after a road rage situation. Before continuing your journey, why don’t you try looking for a quiet space to stop where you can breathe deeply and recollect 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 can never predict how the other driver or rider 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.

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