In the interest of full disclosure; I am a self confessed and recovering road rager, and my triggers are motorists that don’t use their turn signals, distracted drivers, motorists using high beams indiscriminately, unnecessary use of sirens by escort vehicles, aggressive drivers in general… the list goes on and on. So next time you see this guy tearing up Lekki-Epe expressway don’t panic it’s just me road raging…
If you live in Las Gidi, and you ply the roadways as a driver or passenger, you most likely have witnessed or been a participant in a road rage event. First of, let’s really get down to the nitty-gritty of what road rage is and its consequences to the average road user.
Wikipedia solemnly states that: Road rage (also known as a traffic tantrum) is aggressive or angry behavior by a driver of an automobile or other road vehicle which includes rude gestures, verbal insults, physical threats or dangerous driving methods targeted toward another driver in an effort to intimidate or release frustration. Road rage can lead to altercations, assaults and collisions that result in serious physical injuries or even death. It can be thought of as an extreme case of aggressive driving.
I’m here to tell you that road rage is an extremely dangerous pastime to engage in, regardless of who instigates the initial contact; you have to be man or woman enough to walk or drive away from such an event. It’s not worth the stress to your body, mind or spirit. If you look at all the behaviours listed above, they don’t really represent the best image of mature adult behaviour.
If you are locked in a cycle of constant road rage incidents; here are the likely outcomes:
- Exchanging words which typically involve curses and foul language: this will raise your blood pressure (bp), which may lead to a stroke or heart attack without warning
- Motorists lacking self control usually end up in physical altercations or street fights
- Getting in a physical fight exposes a driver to the risk of maiming or killing someone, or getting maimed or killed himself
- A raging driver may end up in jail for a multitude of offenses such as destruction of property, physical assault, kidnapping etc
- In the fog of rage, a driver is liable to use his vehicle as an offensive weapon; by making attempts to or actually ramming the vehicle of the “offending driver”
DON’T BE THIS GUY…
So here are (in my humble opinion) the easiest and most productive ways to curb (your) rager tendencies:
- Fix your AC if it’s broken! If you can’t hear what the the other crazy driver is saying, there’s less of a likelihood of responding to daft comments.
CitiWebb Auto Services can help with that.
- Play relaxing music. Now, if you don’t have a state of the art entertainment system in your ride; call the customer service number on the main page and we’ll set up an appointment with our audio tech guy for you.
- Make sure you are sitting on well padded and newly upholstered leather seats
- A clean and fresh smelling vehicle interior is your oasis from the madness that often characterizes the roadways of this great city. Trust me, you can get a complete car detail; interior and exterior from the specialists at the car wash at our workshop on Admiralty, Lekki Phase 1
- If you’ve done all the above and there’s still a guy or gal screaming rude words or worse still, making even ruder gestures with their hands (or finger(s), as the case may be); don’t sweat it, folks are just hatin’ on your swag! They ain’t worth cramping your style for!!
Just look away, no mind them!
Be the “Change” …CitiWebb Auto Services & Parts can help! 😉
*Don’t respond, stay cool even in the face of provocation.
*Don’t engage; stay away from vehicles driving recklessly.
*Don’t take traffic problems personally
*Swallow your pride; take a courteous and more helpful approach towards other motorists.
*Be patient. Life’s too short to be in an unnecessary hurry!
Yours in motoring,