Do You Have Road Rage? Here are Timothy Dimoff’s Tips to Avoid This Behavior
Yesterday, a road rage incident happened in Sarasota, Florida where two men exchanged words in at an intersection, pulled into a nearby parking lot, got out of their cars and started beating on each other. One man had a knife and pulled it out. He stabbed the other man in the face several times and the knife victim is currently in the hospital.
What were they arguing about? Texting!
How could this been avoided and where did this seriously go wrong?
5 Tips to Avoid Road Rage
According to Author Timothy A. Dimoff this incident could have been avoided. In his book, Life Rage, he points out several items when dealing with the other guy, which are listed on Page 117-118 of his book. Here is a synopsis:
- In this incident, the men should have never pulled over into a parking lot.
If you are that concerned about another person’s actions and it causes you road rage, call 9-1-1 immediately and report the other driver. If possible, have the make, model and license plate of the vehicle. Explain what just happened and what direction they are traveling in.
- If you are stationary, don’t get out of your car.
Sometimes, you are in the middle of a freeway with slow-moving or stationary traffic. Even if you have words with someone, don’t get out of your car! This shows an aggressive nature on your part and can escalate the situation. Again, call 9-1-1 and report the incident and use your phone to record another person’s aggressive behavior toward you.
- Don’t respond with an angry gesture.
Avoid eye contact and move your vehicle away from this situation at the earliest possible time.
- It is not your job to teach someone else how to drive.
Yes, there are a lot of bad drivers out there, but you are not going to teach them anything by “flipping them off” or yelling at them. Chances are you are just going to make them even angrier, hence the situation in Sarasota. Be calm and call the police.
In a study cited in Life Rage (page 118), 85% of the enraged drivers would have dropped the matter if the driver causing the problem would have apologized for their action. If you are in the wrong, such as texting and driving, state that you made a mistake and you are sorry for any problems it caused the other person.
Want More Information about Life Rage?
You can obtain your author-signed copy of Life Rage by emailing Timothy Dimoff at [email protected]. If you would like Tim to come out and speak about this subject to your community group or company, please contact Tim – he is also available for media interviews and webinars.