It isn’t uncommon for traffic to move slowly on Maryland roads and others throughout the country. While traffic jams and other slowdowns can be stressful, it is important that you don’t take your frustration out on other drivers. There are many strategies that you can use to keep your cool when you’re stressed behind the wheel.

Give yourself extra time to reach your destination

Giving yourself extra time to get to work, a doctor’s appointment or your child’s soccer game can help to reduce your stress level. When you are thinking in a calm and rational manner, you are less likely to take risks or act in an aggressive manner toward other drivers. Leaving home a few minutes early also gives you an opportunity to pull over and take a deep breath in the event that you start getting frustrated while driving.

Ignore others who act in aggressive manner

If another driver is yelling or making hand gestures in your direction, it is a good idea to ignore that person’s actions. Instead of potentially escalating the situation, it is a good idea to change lanes as soon as it’s safe to do so. Furthermore, you should refrain from making eye contact with anyone acting in a rude or aggressive manner.

Don’t assume others are being intentionally obnoxious

A person who is driving slower than you would like may be lost or simply trying to stay at or below the posted speed limit. It is never a good idea to tailgate vehicles or honk your horn in an effort to get a driver to go faster. In most cases, it will simply cause everyone’s stress level to go up, which could set the stage for an altercation.

Individuals who are involved in car accidents caused by aggressive drivers may be entitled to compensation for medical bills or other damages. An attorney may help an accident victim take legal action against a potentially negligent driver.