Dealing with road rage

Don't you hate it when you have a near miss?

It's unacceptable that our safety is at risk. Some drivers give drivers a bad name.
Councils and the Government have also failed us. They've designed and built a transport system that makes near misses inevitable. It doesn't have to be this way. Protected cycleways, better intersection designs, safe speeds, better training, and enforcement reduce conflict and crashes.

Having cameras on your bike increases you chance of follow up action, although there's no guarantees. This one got a conviction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BDECjpxi_A

We're not at our best after a near miss. Having a script may help. I suggest something like this.

Take a deep breath and count to 10.
"I felt scared when you almost hit me with your car. Please take more care. Bye." or

"That was far too close. It was scary and dangerous. Please take more care. I'm going to call your boss / file a Police complaint. Bye."

In my experience, getting into a dialogue is rarely helpful if the driver has attitude. Say your piece, then leave.

Filing a Police report. Some options:
1. Fill in a Police Roadwatch report online 
2. Call *555 FREE from a mobile phone to report road incidents which are urgent but not life-threatening.
3. Visit a Police station and fill in a complaint form. You'll need to do this if you want Police to investigate and consider prosecution.


Comments

When fire meets fire, a rage happens. Stay calm and be humble when you stumble upon someone who has high ego. Otherwise road rage will occur. I know it is hard but it is worth it at the end.

I saw a viral photo in social media where in a guy's sports car got hit by a random tricycle. Guess what happened next, the car owner check on the other driver and paid him eventhough he was on the advantage side. He just let it pass generously. so no road rage happened. 

Stay safe!

 

Henry Dart, Hamilton New Zealand

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