Recently a woman in Cranebrook was the victim of a road rage incident, click the link for details. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/west/road-rage-driver-punches-car-window-and-threatens-mother-in-castlereagh/story-fngr8i5s-1226866242523
What can you do if you are in a similar situation?
1. If you don’t have to, don’t stop your car.
2. If the other person is following you go directly to the nearest police station.
3. If you are forced off the road or forced to stop, wait until the other person is out of their car and drive away or reverse back and turn around and drive away.
4. If the person is banging on your window, reverse back away from them and drive away. Car window glass is quite tough.
5. Always remain in your vehicle, stay calm and make sure all the doors are locked and windows are up. You should always drive with your doors locked anyway.
6. Never confront the person; you do not know what their motivation is or if they are armed. See point 4, stay in your car.
7. Call Police if you feel threatened.
8. Record or remember the number, make, model and colour of the other vehicle.
9. Don’t try and take photos at the time, this will likely further anger the ‘road rager’
10. If the ‘road rager’ goes back to their car and you feel it is safe try to photograph the other car.
11. When the ‘road rager’ leaves take your time to regather yourself and the report the incident to Police.
Things to do to avoid road rage.
Most road rage incidents usually involve the ‘road rager’ reacting to something that someone else has done, in many cases it is a minor incident that effects their over exaggerated sense of their own self-importance or their perceived right to rule the road.
Tips to avoid road rage
1. Traffic doesn’t care if you are in a hurry or are stressed or angry – get over yourself.
2. Drive defensively, assume everyone else on the road is an idiot, you will be right at least 20 times a day.
3. If someone cuts you off, so what, what’s the big deal, you may be 10 – 20 seconds later to wherever it was you were going, get over it, don’t get angry and sound the horn or yell and swear it’s pointless.
4. Getting angry won’t make you feel any better, the chances are that the person who has just cut you off or did something stupid on the road didn’t mean anything by it. It is not an insult to be cut off, rude maybe but not worth getting stressed about.
5. Making or responding to finger gestures is childish and again pointless, be the bigger person.
6. The fact is society is more impatient, far less polite and far more angry and aggressive on the road, you don’t have to actually be part of that, be above it.
Don’t be the road rager, why?
1. There is always someone bigger and badder out there, this might be the day you meet them.
2. This might be the day you road rage an unmarked police car.
3. You don’t know who the other person is, they may be armed, they may just have come from robbing a bank or killing someone and you might be next.
4. You might do something stupid in anger such as a ‘one punch killing’ that could ruin the rest of your life.
If you find yourself in legal difficulties as a result of a road rage incident, The author of this post, Phil O’Brien is a solicitor with Sydney firm Teddington Legal and a martial arts instructor who has taught reality based self defence in Western Sydney for the past twenty five years, he has extensively studied both the physical and psychological elements of self defence.
Should you require the services of a solicitor in regard to the use of self defence or any other legal matters, Phil can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or via www.teddingtonlegal.com.au or directly on 0409 078 322
This is general information only; it does not replace advice from a qualified solicitor in your state or territory. It is recommended that should require legal advice you should seek advice from a suitability qualified and experience legal practitioner in your state.