Not too long ago, a shocking video of a Range Rover running over some bikers on a highway went viral, and raised a lot of eyebrows.
It all happened in New York City when a man driving his Range Rover got tangled with a convoy of ‘enthusiastic’ bikers. Bumping into one, the bikers turned their anger towards the Range Rover driver who appeared to be defending his family from harm.
In fear, driver Alexian Lien, broke through the surrounding pack of bikers with his large SUV, and continued to drive his wife and five-month-old child who were also in the car to safety. Along the way, he drove over more than 10 bikers that stood in his way.
It all came to a halt when the Lien and his Range Rover got stuck in traffic, which allowed the bikers to smash his windows – the video of the incident conveniently ends there. Later, it was reported that Lien was treated in hospital for lacerations to his face and body. In case you missed it, you can watch the video HERE.
Incidents like these happen far too often – especially here in Malaysia where drivers are often heated to the brim with rage and frustration. So we’ve put together a few quick tips for you to help you stay safe on the road, and keep away from road rage.
1. Stay calm – don’t lose your cool
As frustrated as you may be, the best advice we can give you is to stay calm in situations like these. On the road and faced with a troublemaker, road bully or someone who’s accidentally just bumped into you, it’s easy for us to lose our cool and enter a state of unnecessary rage. Be calm, think of what’s actually happening around you, and focus on what actually needs to be done: is there someone hurt and in need of medical attention? Would giving way to an insolent driver resolve the dispute?
2. Don’t provoke – respect everyone
This isn’t a game of who is tougher on the road – there are no prizes for who gets to the corner first. Put your egos aside, and be the bigger person. Sometimes, all it takes is for one party to act carelessly for an angry mob to form. And, just as you are frustrated about how bad traffic is that day, someone else is equally frustrated. All it takes is for one person to be inconsiderate of the other, and you could be in for the fight of your life.
3. Safety first – priority no. 1
Always remember that what matters most in these kinds of situations is safety. By provoking others, being inconsiderate, and not staying calm, you are directly putting yours and your passengers’ safety at risk. No one could ever predict just how another driver will react to your aggressive actions on the road. And we’ve seen too many shootings in Malaysia, lately. Knowing this, give in, let go, be calm, and keep yourself and your passengers’ safety intact.
4. Be a better driver – follow the rules
Sometimes, all it takes to spark a feud is for a careless mistake on your part – this could range from crossing a lane you shouldn’t have, to trying to beat a red light. Road rules are there to keep everyone on it safe; your dismissal or ignorance of road rules is a blatant disregard to promoting the safety of everyone on the road.
Don’t hog the rightmost lane when you’re not overtaking someone, use your turn signals, switch lanes only when it is allowed, stop safely at a red light, and do whatever else it takes to be a better driver.
5. Plan ahead – don’t be where you don’t want to be
Sometimes, the best thing you can do to enjoy a safe and ‘rage-less’ journey to wherever you’re going is to plan ahead. Avoiding things like traffic jams during peak hours will keep you away from loads of frustrated drivers, all trying to make their way home as quickly as possible. You can do this in two ways. One, you can download an app like Waze for your smartphone, and find the quickest and most jam-free routes to get home.
The second, and more affordable way to do so is to completely avoid driving during peak hours. You know that everyone will be rushing off at 6pm sharp after work, so why won’t catch up on a little extra work and leave at 7pm instead?