Even if you consider yourself a good driver, there are going to be times when you come across those who are downright rude. For one reason or the next, they feel that they own the road.
When you come across a rude driver, you can do one of two things:
- Ignore them and do whatever it takes to keep yourself safe
- Become enraged, chasing after the person and spewing obscenities
Which option do you think is best? Although you may feel like showing some anger, you are best off keeping your cool and taking yourself out of harm’s way as soon as possible.
Here are three types of rude drivers and how you can best deal with them:
1. The Driver That Hits Your Car & Has No Insurance
There is nothing worse than this. Although you may be scared of what comes next, you are not totally out of luck. The first thing you need to do is request the other driver’s contact information. Since you never know if he or she is telling the truth, write down their license plate number at the same time.
Additionally, you may feel comfortable contacting local police. This will give you peace of mind, knowing that you are not going to be left out in the dark. Although it is illegal to drive in the United States without insurance, some people do it anyway.
Tip: Contact your agent as soon as you wrap things up at the accident scene.
2. Road Rage Guy (or Gal)
It seems that more people than ever before have road rage. They will spew insults, chase after you, and throw rude gestures your way.
The best thing you can do is get away from the person as soon as possible. They are unsafe to be around.
If you are going to pull off the road, make sure you do so in a safe area. You never know when the other person is going to do the same. Rather than take on the situation yourself, call 911 immediately. This will put the police in charge of the situation.
3. The Careless Parking Lot Driver
No matter where you park – even if you do your best to stay out of harm’s way – you never know when your vehicle is going to be targeted.
If your car is damaged in an parking lot and no note is left, there are still a few things you can do.
First off, take pictures of the damage before you drive away. Along with this, see if anybody in the area saw somebody hit your car.
Note: Many parking lots have surveillance cameras. If possible, speak with the owner of the lot or a nearby company/store to see if this is available.
Unless there is major damage you probably don’t need to contact the police. That being said, you must contact your insurance agent as soon as possible.
In today’s day and age, there is no way to stay away from rude drivers. Instead, this is something you must get used to dealing with.