With ever increasing vehicular traffic levels across Indian cities, road rage incidents are on the rise. And some of these road rage incidents have very ugly endings, like this one in Mumbai between a motorcycle rider and an autorickshaw driver. The entire incident was caught on video.
— Mumbai Mirror (@MumbaiMirror) December 25, 2020
As the video indicates, a motorcycle rider is seen arguing with an autorickshaw driver at a busy intersection. A few seconds later, the biker and the autorickshaw driver seem to have resolved the argument and seem to go their respective ways. Suddenly, the autorickshaw driver swerves wildly into the biker, and slams his autorickshaw into the motorcycle. Losing balance, the motorcycle rider falls hard, and the autorickshaw driver nonchalantly drives away.
Onlookers come quickly to the rescue of the fallen biker, who escaped without major injuries. The entire incident has been caught on video, giving police officials a crucial lead.
Police officials attached to the Deonar police station have filed a FIR and have already arrested the 34-year old autorickshaw driver. The autorickshaw driver can be booked under multiple offences including attempting to murder. If found guilty, the autorickshaw faces many years of jail time.
How to deal with road rage?
Driving should be a relaxing experience. Try to stay as relaxed as possible. For that, you could resort to listening to calm music in the car to keep your mood happy and cheery. Keep the car’s AC set at an ambient temperature at which you feel comfortable.
Practice defensive driving
Someone had once said offence is the best form of defence, but that’s not to be followed especially on the road. It would be better to adopt defensive driving techniques. Those signs that say “Better Mr. Late than the Late Mr.” are very relevant here. Stay within the speed limit, signal at the appropriate times while changing lanes, use your rear view mirrors and give enough allowance for others mistakes or aggressive behaviour.
This is one word not many understand – yield! All it means is to just slow down a bit and allow drivers to smoothly merge instead of cutting someone off. At a roundabout, drivers coming from the right have right of way. Slow down and let them pass. If you see a car that is already about half a car’s length ahead of you signalling to cut into your lane, ease up and let it enter the lane instead of closing the gap.
Act, don’t react
Despite your best attempts at a smooth drive, there can be others who are overly aggressive. Symptoms of such aggressive drivers include excessive honking, tailgating, gesticulating and swearing, weaving between lanes or straddling lanes, and speeding up suddenly and braking sharply. The best thing to do in such situations is to just let such crazy drivers go and hope karma catches up with them – it’s not worth your time and blood pressure trying to teach them a lesson or challenge them. Divert your mind, think of your friends and family perhaps to quickly calm your nerves.
If you inadvertently cut someone off or bump into them accidentally, keep your calm about you. The first thing to do is to smile and apologize. This can prevent a situation from escalating into a full-blown confrontation. If the other driver is being overly aggressive, it would require a tremendous amount of self-control to not react. Offer to help or reach an amicable decision. But if the other person refuses to back down, the only way out is to call the police and let them deal with it.