| What you can do, is adopt a
style of driving the opposite of aggressive driving; in other words, become a Defensive
Defensive driving does not mean going out and looking for trouble on the road.
It does mean being aware of potential problems, and taking action to avoid them
before they cause damage. Driving defensively means driving with a plan,
anticipating the actions of the other guy, and knowing what you are going to
do in response.
ATTITUDE AND COURTESY
|The first rule of defensive
driving is, lose the attitude. Be as cocky and aggressive as you like while
standing on your feet, but as soon as you get behind the wheel, you need to
become Mr. Congeniality. Your manners and sense of fairness should be at
their peak. Driving is an exercise in give and take just as much as
conversation, bowling, and dancing are. Sometimes you lead, sometimes you
follow; you need to be able to do both graciously.
The whole purpose of defensive driving is safety. Laws and rules are in
place to help control behavior, and to prevent collisions. You are expected
to follow the rules; the state even throws in little incentives to keep you
within the law: they are called tickets. But even the most reasonable and
obvious rules get broken, either carelessly or recklessly, and then what are
you going to do? If you are the one breaking the rules, are you going to be
cavalier about it, saying to the other drivers, "Hey, live with it!"? Or
are you going to do the considerate thing, and wave a hand in apology?
If you are the recipient of someone else's bad judgment, or rudeness,
defensive driving requires you to FORGIVE AND FORGET. You may have the
legal right of way, but if someone else wants to take it from you, give it!
The objective is to be safe and stay alive; there is no point holding your
ground to prove a point if it's going to cost a life.