We were on our way to the garden centre this weekend and as we drove there, we noticed a very frustrated gentleman in the car behind us, bobbing and weaving in traffic like he was playing Mario Karts.
"Man," I said to myself as he finally blew by us triumphantly, only to be stopped by a red light at a pedestrian crossing, "someone REALLY wants to get to the gardening centre."
Aggressive drivers are a year-round concern, but as the weather heats up and the roads are clearing, some folks seem to be treating the road like it's their own personal race track. Speeding, tailgating, unsafe lane changes, barreling through red lights and skipping stop signs…it must be spring!
Here are a few reminders on how to deal with those aggressive drivers:
Keep calm and drive on. It's frustrating when you're driving responsibly and following the rules and another driver is acting aggressively. It may be tempting to bait the other driver by matching their dangerous moves with your own. But using your car to express your frustration is not the way to go. Take deep breaths, stay alert, drive in a consistent manner and give the aggressive driver a wide berth.
Let them pass. My grandfather prided himself on never letting anyone pass him on the highway but that's not a strategy I - or the police - would recommend. If someone is so desperate to pass you that they're tailgating and making unsafe lane changes, be the bigger person and allow them to pass when it's safe to do so.