If you feel threatened
by another motorist, the following gives advice on how to defuse
the situation or protect yourself:
If you're being hassled
by another driver, try not to react. Avoid making eye contact,
as this is often seen as confrontational. Don't be tempted to
accelerate, brake, or swerve suddenly; again, this may be seen
as confrontational and increases your chances of losing control
of your vehicle.
If a driver continues
to hassle you or you think you are being followed, drive on to
the nearest police station or busy place to get help.
In town, lock the car
doors and keep the windows and sunroof only partly open.
When stopped in traffic,
leave enough space to pull out from behind the car you are following.
If someone tries to get
into your car, attract attention by sounding your horn or a personal
Do not be tempted to
start a fight and do not be tempted to carry any sort of weapon.
It may only provoke a potential assailant and could end up in
his or her hands.
Group Public Policy Road Safety Unit
Matthew Joint, MSc, BSc, MCIT
Head of Behavioral Analysis
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