AS YOU drive to your destination for the festive season, one thing you can be sure to encounter is reckless drivers.

The actions of these drivers can place you and your family at risk. You should constantly be on the lookout for these drivers and then know what the best course of action is when they approach your vehicle.

Managing director of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert, said the ultimate objective should be to put as much distance as possible between yourself and these drivers.

“No matter how infuriating it may be to encounter a driver like this, suppress the temptation to block them off, match their speed or express your frustration in gestures. Accept that reckless drivers are inevitable and let them move past you without a reaction from your side.”

Other things you can do to protect yourself from reckless drivers include:

• Change lanes and move as far away from the driver as possible, even if it means giving way to them.

• If you spot a driver who is clearly endangering other drivers and have someone in the car with you who can call police on your behalf, get them to inform police about the driver.

• If it is a company car, note the number on the truck and let the company or owner know what their driver is doing.

• Never cross an intersection just assuming it is safe to do so because you have right of way. Always double check before moving off.

• Do not try to keep pace with someone who is exceeding the speed limit but rather let them pass, especially if they are tailgating you.

• Increase your following distance if you are behind a reckless driver in case their lack of foresight forces them to brake suddenly or if they brake suddenly to get a rise out of you.

Whatever driver you encounter on the roads this festive season, be prepared for them.