Keeping Intersections Clear to Prevent a Road-Rage Collision
Tempers run high in traffic jams. Everyone just wants to get home as quickly as possible, and when the actions of others prevent them from that goal, irritation, aggravation, and rage begin to build. It’s bad enough that you always seem to get the red light at Hollyhill, but when someone runs the yellow light on West Prien Lake and gets stuck blocking the intersection, you wind up sitting through another entire light rotation until the crossing is clear.
Not only is that unfair—but it is extremely irritating to the point where you want to yell, punch, and somehow teach him a lesson on how to be considerate to others. Fortunately, you have the ability to calm yourself down in those types of situations. However, not everyone is collected as you—some people become so overwhelmed that they attempt to pass the blocking car or accidently collide straight into them.
So what can you do to help avoid an intersection collision?
Avoiding an Intersection Rage Accident
The frustration that many feel from the direct result of another’s poor or ill advised action, can be extremely overwhelming, and consequently affect your judgment. However, you can help decrease this rage, and with it, the potential for a serious accident, by following these simple rules to help keep traffic moving in an intersection.
- Be considerate to other drivers and put yourself in their shoes. You’re not the only one who wants to get home, so don’t act like you’re the only car on the road.
- Don’t run any yellow or red lights. When your light turns yellow, and the traffic in front of you is stopped, don’t run the light.
- Make sure traffic is progressing forward, before entering the intersection.
- Think about your fellow drivers. Although you may not want to wait through another red light, you could be preventing the crossing traffic from entering the intersection on their green light.
Safety should always be your number one priority. Getting home three minutes faster, or not having to sit through a red light, should never trump good judgment, safety, and common courtesy. Remember, we all have places to be and we all want to get there as soon as possible. You’re not the only one who doesn’t want to sit through a light. Keep that in mind the next time you decide to run a yellow light and end up blocking an intersection.
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