I don’t know if I’ve told this story before, but here it goes… A few years ago, when I was driving down to DC for classes almost every day, I decided to pull into a fast food place and grab lunch. I was a little rushed because I wanted to get to school early and do some readings before class. I pulled into the drive thru lane without seeing that a man in an SUV was trying to get there as well. I honestly didn’t see him,
The man started yelling at me. He used a lot of foul language. He even threatened to get off his vehicle and come after me. I tried to ignore him, but he kept honking his horn as I tried to put in my order. I ordered a combo meal and a slice of cheesecake. When I got to the window, I asked the girl to give the cheesecake to the man behind me. I pulled ahead afterward and waited to see the look on his face. She gave him the cake and he looked over at me. I waived at him. He gave me the finger. I drove off.
There are different ways to deal with people who are having some kind of road rage. The worst way to deal with them is to confront them. They’re not in their right mind at the moment. They’re not being rational. Confronting them only leads to more trouble.
Now watch how this road rage incident was fixed:
Can you tell me of a more creative way to address road rage?
René F. Najera, DrPH
I'm a Doctor of Public Health, having studied at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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