Aggressive driving habits can not only be dangerous, but they can also cost you money at the pump. For example, speeding, rapid acceleration, and hard braking can increase the likelihood of an accident, reduce your fuel efficiency, and add wear and tear. At Pfeiffer Used, we’ve put together a list of tips for avoiding road rage.
According to Geico, one of the best tips is to avoid other drivers who have aggressive habits. If you notice someone tailgating you, for instance, take a deep breath and move over to the other lane. Keep your eyes on the road and avoid eye contact with an aggressive driver – it will likely increase their frustrations.
Next, listen to relaxing music. Classical music is great for creating a calm atmosphere, but if it’s not your taste, try listening to a podcast or an audio book. By creating a relaxing mood in your car, you’re less likely to speed or tailgate.
Finally, use your horn sparingly. By jumping too quickly on the horn, you increase both your stress and the frustrations of other drivers. Try to have empathy with other drivers, and always take a deep breath. Aggressive driving accounts for roughly 66% of traffic fatalities, one reason you should avoid such habits as much as possible.
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