Rush hour is that horrible time of the day where everyone wants to get to work, school and university, which causes chaos on the roads and often lots of traffic jams. This can lead to plenty of short, fiery tempers, loss of patience and that nasty habit, road rage. This can easily lead to many road traffic accidents causing an accident claim.
How can road rage cause road traffic accidents?
When you have road rage your mood will become that of annoyance, perhaps even hatred towards traffic, and you will often have little patience for the other road users. For these reasons your behaviour may become more rash and you may drive more recklessly than usual, thus possibly causing a car crash. This may also cause someone else to have a car accident because either you drive into them causing damage to their car, or you cut them off, passing on some of your road rage to them, thus making them drive more recklessly which then creates a vicious cycle of possible car accident claims.
How to calm your road rage
One of the key things you can do to avoid road rage is to avoid the source of it – rush hour. If you can go earlier or later this will make you much less likely to get stressed, as the roads won’t be so chaotic and may prevent that car crash claim. However, if this is not an option and you have to drive during rush hour, make sure you allow plenty of time to reach your destination; this will mean you won’t be getting so stressed about time keeping. Also, try and stay calm any way possible. So if certain songs make you relaxed, or a certain smell, then incorporate that into your daily journey to help you relax. But, don’t get too mellowed out as this can cause a road traffic accident as well.
But sometimes car accidents do inevitably happen, so if you do find you have a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault then you may be able to make a claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find out how by either calling their 24/7 advice line on 0800 689 0500 or taking their 30-second compensation calculator test to find out how much your claim could potentially be worth.