This time of the year the road is no longer just a means of moving around town, instead it becomes a dangerous place where every caution must be taken by consumers.
If you drive on the road around Kingston or any other major town you know of the chaos that usually happens during rush hour traffic. Well during the holidays it’s ten times worse. It’s almost as if everyone’s fuse is shorter and judgments are compromised by stress.
Drivers wait in long lines because someone parked incorrectly or simply because inconsiderate drivers have blocked the way for everyone else. It can be extremely frustrating to sit in traffic for lengthy periods especially if you have a number of things to accomplish.
This situation was especially difficult among motorists travelling to the malls along Constant Spring Road heading to Half Way Tree area. Although security personnel tried to assist customers to find parking spaces it soon became a mad dash for free spots.
Ultimately quarrels could be heard as everyone jostled for a parking spot and desperately tried to convince the other motorist to relinquish the space.
Although the quarrels never escalated to physical violence it is important to note how to deal with road rage if you find yourself in a similar situation.
Road Rage – Prevention
The best way to deal with road rage is to avoid situations that might cause stress on the road. If you have to go to popular plazas go early when there are more spots available. It might also be a good idea to take a taxi or ask a friend to drop you off and pick you up in order to avoid lengthy delays while looking for a parking space.
Always remain calm. If the other drivers start to get irate it might be tempting to join them but that will only make matters worse. It is always better to drive away than prolong an argument.
Be polite and courteous, even if the other driver isn’t. Avoid any conflict, if possible. If another driver challenges you, take a deep breath and move out of the way!
Follow the directions of the parking attendant or security personnel. Another good guide is for consumers to park facing front as this makes it easier when it’s time to leave the parking lot and also allows for a smooth flow of traffic.
Driving too fast or too slow can really frustrate other drivers so focus on your driving and avoid this issue. Be considerate of other drivers so when you park in front of the store, don’t park in two spots line up the vehicle in one parking space.
On another note watch out for no parking signs as your vehicle could be clamped or towed which will incur an extra expense to recover.
So what’s your take?
How do you deal with road rage while shopping? Let me hear from you!
Teri Ann Renee Paisley
Gleaner Online Writer