RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A few months after a road rage incident ended in gunfire in Charlottesville, experts are providing advice to avoid getting caught in a similar situation.
If a crazed driver is trying to run you off the road, tailgating you or
swerving around you to slam on their brakes, it can be infuriating.
"Once you see that a person is irate and their emotions have gotten the best of them, the last thing you want to do is escalate that even further,” police training director Gary Taylor
He says to make sure your windows are up and your doors are locked, call 911 and report the incident if you can, then back up and remove yourself from the situation.
“The biggest thing anyone can do is to remain calm. It's like I tell everyone all the time. we can't control traffic conditions but we can control our reaction to traffic conditions and sometimes we just have to slow things down,” said Taylor.
If someone is following too closely or if someone cuts you off, don't react.
"The last thing you want to do is most commonly what people do, is tap their brake lights and that creates a lot more chaos,” said Taylor.
If you can, take down their tag number, stay as far away as you can from that aggressive car and call 911.
"The last thing you want to do is roll your window down and start hollering, 'What's your problem? You need to learn how to drive' and escalating the situation,” said Taylor.