Road rage and how not to get all wired up when it happens to you.
We know you have been there and it is important you deal with it with a cool head.by Sagar, on
We all do have some bad days and some good. And invariably it affects our riding styles on that day. All is well and good until you are a happy person under the sun, but on that unlucky day, your head is filled with all kind of thoughts, and in a jiffy, another distracted driver in a car is taking up your space in your lane and decides to cut you passing from behind.
All hell breaks loose in your head, and that adrenalin surge kicks in transferring all the blood to your muscles, charging it up for a big fight. That burning rage of anger will make you do some regrettable stuff including chasing that other driver at breakneck speeds, darting other road users, pounding on hoods, yelling and threatening. And if by any luck the other person is having a good day, he might end up apologising. If not, what happens next is the brutal Road Rage.
When on a motorcycle, you just need as much as three to four feet of space to snuggle through traffic and manoeuvre through city snarls without much torture. But the same does not apply to our four-wheeled folks. Pity those poor plodding drivers, caged in their metal box who cannot enjoy the choices we take pleasure in.
Not that it is always blamed on them for dangerous road presence. There are a few of us, as I said, having a bad day and are filled with not-so-good thoughts while riding their motorcycles, hampering their judgements and concentration to ply on the roads. Mistakes can happen by any one of us, and 95% of the accidents occur due to such bad states our minds wander in.
Although there is social media to our rescue these days, there was a time when most often than not, we riders were always portraited to be the bad guys no matter whose fault it was. Yet, showing all that physical rage on that noob in traffic brought us satisfaction and we also had the perfect getaway vehicle.
Today, we have action cameras and dashcams to record the nonsense way people drive or ride on the road (and also the fights of course). And who else could be the better judge of righteousness than the perps on social media? But that is not the point I’m trying to make here.
Learning to control that rage of adrenaline is no child’s play, trust me I’ve tried it many times but failed miserably. It is hard to be mature and responsible for doing just nothing in situations like these. Having no response to someone’s erratic driving is close to impossible for anyone, but think of the bigger picture always - What happened the last time you went berserk? Lost your temper, spoilt your mood, barked at some stranger or even injured him and yourself just to satisfy that primordial urge. It literally helped no one because most often than not, each one thinks he was right.
If by god’s grace no one gets hurt nor any property damaged, and your body has come down to normalcy, what you feel is regret, stupid and dumb. You’ve let your anger get the better of you, which instead could have just been a silent yell under your helmet that would have made your shield get fogged up at the max. A head shake and a thank you note to your stars for keeping you safe and alive from some idiotic driver are just as mature as one needs to be.
You don’t have to go up to that guy to remind him of how bad a driver he is and how wrong was his senses. That will only escalate his anger because again, according to him, he was probably right. Being oblivious is hard but is important folks.
If you do manage to capture the idiocracy on a camera, and you still want him to know how dangerous he could have been, go to the nearest police station and file a report with them. They will know how to deal with such morons. That should make you happy enough to know that you have done something good to the society and helped to keep such monkers off the road.
Here is one example of how one should not deal with that road rage. It can turn ugly for many innocent people too.
Kindly ride safe, wear all protective gear and leave all your worries behind when you hit the road. It is your responsibility to keep yourself and other road users safe. Just keep calm and ride on. Keep your eyes open and have a check of your surroundings always.
Safemotorist.com has some numbers for you to crunch on when you are a victim of road rage the nest time:
• 66% of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving.
• 37% of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm.
• Half of the drivers who are on the receiving end of an aggressive behaviour, such as horn honking, a rude gesture, or tailgating admit to responding with aggressive behaviour themselves.
• Over a seven year period, 218 murders and 12,610 injuries were attributed to road rage.
• 2% of drivers admit to trying to run an aggressor off the road!