This video is a great example of how to handle road rage like a boss. I’ll let you watch it first and then add some comments but first some background information.
I always found road rage to be extremely stupid, despite the fact that I understand the emotions behind it. Given as I’m on the road all the time and am confronted with imbecile drivers every day, I totally get it. But if you’re old enough to drive a car, you should be old enough to control yourself when an idiot cuts you off or does other stupid things on the road. In many cases of road rage, the person on the receiving end makes all the wrong decisions and ends up escalating or prolonging the conflict as opposed to solving it. Like Marc once said, “Fuck you.” is not a good de-escalation technique…
The last time some idiot stepped out of his car to yell at me and was spoiling for a fight, I had my ex-wife and her mother with me. Stepping out of the car to get into a slugfest with him would not have gone over well with them. Let alone help me in the potential lawsuit that would follow, given as how dozens of witnesses would have seen me get out of my car too. So I gave the guy dead eyes and drove off as soon as the light changed. No blood, no foul except for the adrenaline surge I had to deal with afterwards. Since then, I have always avoided road rage incidents by anticipating trouble before it escalated beyond my control. Fingers crossed it stays that way.
Anyway, take a look at the video now:
Some points I’d like to mention:
- If my information is correct, this takes place in Israel. Given as terrorist attacks are not unheard of there and the country is always at the brink of war, the driver’s reaction of pulling a gun is perhaps not as extreme as you would think at first glance. That said, he isn’t some trigger-happy Rambo when you look at how he handles the situation.
- The driver tries to back up as soon as he sees the young thug who blocked the road coming at him. He doesn’t shoot first, he tries to flee first. My guess is he couldn’t back up further due to incoming traffic, but I can’t confirm this.
- You can hear (but not see) an altercation going on right before the thug runs back to his car. We don’t know what happened but it probably wasn’t a nice talk about the weather…
- The thug apparently isn’t done and runs back to his car to get what looks like a piece of iron pipe. He clearly brandishes it as he advances on the driver again. This changes the situation into something potentially deadly, which forces the driver to resort to other tactics.
- We see the thug suddenly raising his hands so at that point, the driver must have drawn his firearm. The thug is apparently ordered to drop the weapon and get down. He is smart enough to do so.
- The driver secures the iron pipe (notice how he doesn’t give the thug a chance to attack him while doing so), orders the thug to leave and secures his weapon and the pipe when he thinks it’s safe to do so.
With all the nonsense you see and hear these days about citizens owning firearms for self-defense, this is a great example of how weapons can be used successfully to keep you safe in case of road rage. Had the driver not pulled his weapon, he might have suffered serious injury or even be killed. From the looks of it, the thug was more than willing to take it to that level. Of course, you can’t prove a negative so we’ll never know how that would have played out. But as things stand now, both the driver and the thug are alive and well. No blood was spilled and no onlookers got hurt either. So all in all, the outcome couldn’t have been much better.
To be clear, I’m not advocating you should pull a gun every time somebody threatens you in your car. What I am saying is that the driver handled not only the situation well, he used sound tactical thinking every step of the way:
- He did not shoot first and ask questions later.
- He did not draw the weapon as a first option, he tried to flee first.
- Once the weapon was out, he used it in a responsible way to end the conflict and avoid casualties.
That’s a far cry from acting like a cowboy and shooting on sight.
On a final note, you might want to remember this video the next time you feel like stepping out of your car to face somebody who annoys you on the road. I doubt whatever he does is worth having a gun pointed at you… Instead, just do as I do:
- Take a deep breath.
- Think about the people who love you and how they’ll have to either visit you in prison or attend to your grave if things go wrong.
- Go home and play some Carmageddon, visualizing you are running over that guy or smashing his car with yours. Nothing wrong with killing some electrons…
You’ll live longer and enjoy life more too.