When you think about road rage you instantly think of a driver in a vehicle getting stressed. However, it isn’t only drivers who get this, it can be cyclists too. Here are five ways to tame your cycling road rage.
Stick to cycle lanes as much as possible to avoid being involved in a road traffic accident
If there are cycle lanes on the road then try your best to stick to these. These lanes were designed to help cyclists have their own part of the road which cars are not allowed to drive in. So, to help you avoid being involved in a car collision stay in the lane as much as possible.
Stay calm and plan ahead
A common cause of road rage is becoming stressed due to running late. To avoid this cycling road rage which could cause you to be involved in a road traffic accident leave plenty of time to reach your destination.
Plan your route before you go
The last thing you want to have to do is cross three lanes of busy traffic because you suddenly realised you are in the wrong lane and you need to turn off. Not only could this cause a nasty car collision but also could add to the stress of not knowing exactly where you are going. To avoid being involved in a car crash make sure you plan your route before you leave so you are confident in knowing where you are going.
Car and van drivers often think that they rule the roads. If a driver cuts you up don’t get stressed out or try to retaliate at the next set of traffic lights or roundabout. They are much more protected than you so a car accident could be much more serious for you.
Don’t cycle angry
Before you set off on your journey try to be as calm as possible. If you leave angry and stressed this will mean you cannot truly focus all your attention on the road and could lead to a nasty road traffic accident. If you are stressed before you leave, chances are road rage will rear its ugly head.
Road traffic accidents unfortunately are not a rare occurrence. If you have been involved in a car collision within the last three years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find out more.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice