ROAD RAGE: RACQ shares some tips on how to keep your cool if you get involved in a road-rage incident.
ROAD RAGE: RACQ shares some tips on how to keep your cool if you get involved in a road-rage incident. Rob Williams

Keep your cool on the roads

KEEPING cool on the road isn't always about the temperature, sometimes a rude motorist can be the cause of the heat.

After all, not many of those we share the road with on a daily bases know what it is like to travel with multiple tonnes under your control.

The RACQ acknowledged driving was a complex task, which placed varying demands on the driver according to different environments.

They said how drivers behaved could have a dramatic effect on reactions from other road users, so care, courtesy and awareness were all very important attributes of a safe road user.

To counter the aggressive and "me first” driving behaviour, the RACQ promotes a "sharing the road” courteous approach to road use.

RACQ's advice

  • Remain calm and relaxed
  • Drive drive defensively and make allowances for errors by others;
  • Adopt a "share the road” rather than a "me first” approach to driving;
  • Use the horn sparingly and only as a warning device;
  • Leave unpleasant encounters or delays in the past and concentrate on the rest of the trip
  • Don't try to police other road users' behaviours.

Road rage is becoming an increasing occurrence in the Mackay region.
Road rage is becoming an increasing occurrence in the Mackay region. Warren Lynam

THE MOST CONCERNING BEHAVIOURS

  • Drivers who follow too closely/tailgate.
  • Motorists who increase their speed when you try to overtake them.
  • Motorists who throw litter out of vehicles.
  • Motorists talking/ sending text messages on hand-held mobile phones.
  • Motorists who incorrectly use indicators eg, indicate too late or fail to indicate at all
  • Motorists displaying aggressive behaviour eg, blowing horn, verbal abuse, hand signals.
  • Motorists who are not courteous eg, allowing room to merge/change lanes.
  • Motorists who do not move over to allow others to overtake.
  • Motorists who block intersections.
  • Motorists who turn from the wrong lane eg, at multi-lane roundabouts.
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