Some of us have become victims of road rage at some point in our lives. If it happens it can easily leave you feeling intimidated and shaken. IAM RoadSmart has some useful advice if you ever find yourself in this situation.
If there’s conflict between two parties, there’s a likely chance you’ve both played a part. This doesn’t mean you should react. Try to take yourself away from the problem – let the other driver go on ahead. Even if you feel wronged, letting the other party go will make no difference to the rest of your day
Is someone being confrontational or aggressive? If so, don’t make eye contact and don’t react visibly. Try not to think about them so that the incident doesn’t affect you afterwards
If the other party is still being aggressive to you and you are in fear of your own safety, call the police
If the other party approaches you in your car, can you drive away safely? If you can, consider doing so. But don’t rush off and drive like the getaway driver in a film, or if you think the other driver is going to chase you. If they are chasing, stop in a busy public place and call for help
Do you have a passenger who can film any behaviour on a mobile phone? This will help in terms of evidence. Remember to include the registration number of the other vehicle involved
Don’t open your door, don’t open your windows fully and don’t start or get provoked into an argument, try to stay calm
If you were at fault, admit it and apologise. It may be enough to diffuse the situation quickly. And do not do anything that can be interpreted as retaliation. Even if you weren’t at fault, is the argument really worth it?
Hopefully by now the matter is over and you are driving away. Do acknowledge that this incident will have affected your behaviour. If you feel upset or emotional, pull over for some fresh air or walk around if you need to before resuming your journey.
Find a distraction like listening to the radio – move your mind deliberately onto something else and don’t dwell on the incident.
Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart head of driving and riding standards, said: “Road rage does not affect everyone every day. If you’re finding it is happening very often, you might want to think about how you engage with other road users.
He added: “Unlike pedestrians walking towards each other; who can easily get a feel of what the other person will do, where they might go or the mood they’re in, you have no such opportunities cocooned in your car.”
He concluded: “No-one needs to experience road rage, but it us up to each of us to ensure it stays that way. It is important not to be antagonistic or obstructive, perhaps making a person who is already having a bad day boil over.”
If you have friends or family who drive, please share these tips with them to help them stay safe on the road.
The UK’s biggest independent road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has welcomed the government’s decision to close a legal loophole which allowed drivers to not be prosecuted for using a mobile to film or take photos.
However, the new measures fall short of banning the use of hands-free mobile units in cars, something IAM RoadSmart and others have highlighted is just as distracting and dangerous as a hand-held unit.
Today (1 November) Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said there will be a review to tighten current laws on the use of hand-held mobile phones by drivers.
The Department for Transport announced that legislation will be revised so that any driver caught using a hand-held phone behind the wheel can be prosecuted whatever the reason; texting, taking pictures, surfing the web or scrolling for music. Spring 2020 is the likely date for implementation.
Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, said: “The facts are there to see – the use of mobile phones for any purpose and in any manner while driving is distracting and potentially fatal.
“Today’s news is good, but not good enough. The increased penalties introduced in 2017, six points and a £200 fine, did change drivers’ behaviour for a while, but bad habits are creeping back in. Drivers keep doing it because they don’t think they will get caught, and they don’t appreciate they are risking lives.
“Mobile speed cameras need to be employed more broadly to also catch drivers using hand-held phones. Drivers need to know their actions could kill.”
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by order of the Group Committee that the Annual General Meeting of Stratford upon Avon & South Warwickshire Group of Advanced Motorists will be held at 7pm on Monday 7th October 2019 at Warwickspace, 71 Coten End, Warwick CV34 4NU to enable the Trustees of the Group (Registered Charity No.1016119) to present their Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 st March 2019 for approval by the Group Full Members and to conduct an election.
Now that spring is here, the sun is rising earlier and flowers blooming. However, being dazzled by the sun can be a major distraction and is often a factor in summer collisions.
Even though we have many tools that aid in protecting us from the glare, we often forget to use them. This week’s tips give advice on how to stay safe on the road with the glare of the sun on rampage, from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman.
Keep your windscreen clean both inside and out; a dirty screen will magnify the glare.
On the outside check for chips or cracks, replace worn wiper blades and make sure your washer bottle is kept well topped up with good quality screen wash to help remove those summer bugs.
Keep a cloth or chamois to wipe away the dirt that builds up on the inside
Use your sun visor. It may sound pretty obvious but a surprising number of people forget.
Invest in polarised sunglasses and remember to take a rest. Your eyes will strain quickly if you are squinting. Read our sunglasses tips for more information.
If you are dazzled by the sun, slow down and leave extra space between yourself and the driver ahead. This will give you more time to regain full control and assess the situation.
Remember that when the sun is low behind you, you might be able to see just fine, but oncoming drivers might not see you.
Richard said: “It’s easy to get distracted when the sun is out and the world seems a better place. By keeping the screen clean and your view shaded where possible, you will give yourself the best chance of staying safe. If you are wearing sunglasses, bear in mind that the protection they offer will be magnified by any tinted windows and remember to keep them clean – it’s amazing how distorting a sun cream fog can be. Be ready to take them off in tunnels or shaded areas but keep them close to hand.”
Do you want to find out more ways to stay safe on the road? Try our Advanced Driving Course and get the best out of yourself and your car.
are delighted to announce that Max Coates, seven times a race winner in the Renault UK Clio Cup, will be running the IAM
RoadSmart logo on his car this year. Max, who achieved a F1RST in his advanced
driving test (which he took during our #FormulaDriveSmart event at Silverstone
last December) has kindly donated the space on his car to IAM RoadSmart for
free. Having our logo on his car is very valuable as it puts our name directly
in front the biggest at-risk age group when it comes to drivers – young men
under 25 – who are the largest audience for this type of racing. The Renault UK
Clio Cup supports the British Touring Car Championship, so look out for Max and
his Clio as part of ITV4’s race-day coverage through the year.
Take a listen to our very first podcast! There’s been a lot of discussion about the UK motorway speed limit and if it should be increased to 80mph. Listen here to experts Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research and Rebecca Ashton, head of driver behaviour, chat about this topic.
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This week’s tips are by Richard Gladman, head of driving and riding standards, and are aimed at those without knowledge of advanced driving techniques. He’s providing advice to all those who are helping learners with additional driving experience. Read more by clicking here.
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