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Managing Road Rage

27 Jul Blog | Comments

It happens to us all: someone cuts us off, slams on their breaks or shifts lanes without looking in their blind spot. When that happens it can cause us to get angry and frustrated. If it happens often enough, for example every day during rush hour traffic, it can escalate those feelings into road rage.

Road rage has made people do crazy and unpredictable things. People who are normally calm individuals have been known to retaliate, causing accidents.  It is also unhealthy for a person in general. It increases a person’s level of stress and can put a person’s blood pressure through the roof.

So, how does a person stay collected and keep themselves from getting angry and frustrated, ending up with road rage?

  • Relaxing music – One way to stay relaxed while driving is to listen to music that relaxes you. By staying calm a person is less likely to stress out and get angry while driving.
  • Breathing Techniques – While being stuck in traffic a person can get very frustrated. Another way to keep your cool is to take deep breaths. The 10 count is always good too. By counting from 10 to 1 you give yourself time to regroup and calm down.
  •  Remove Yourself – If traffic is really bad, and you are able to it is sometimes best to get off the road/highway and go a different way. Even if it will take you a bit longer to get to your destination it is worth a less stressful trip.
  • Talking – If there are other people in the car with you it might help you to stay calm if you talk about something less stressful. Distracting yourself from the stress around you is a good way to remain calm.
  • Give Yourself Time – Many people get stressed out because they worry they are going to be late for work or an appointment. One way to reduce that stress is by giving yourself some extra time. That way if you do get stuck in traffic you will not be as stressed out about getting to where you are going on time.
  • Other People – Keep in mind that you cannot control other people. You can only control yourself.
  • Benefit of the Doubt – You have no idea how another person’s day started or what is going on in his or her world. Maybe the person who cut you off is mourning the loss of a loved one. He or she had no intention of cutting you off, but was lost in their thoughts.

Being as calm as possible is the ultimate goal while driving. The other goal is to get home safe and sound. If you allow another person to set you off, you may end up in an accident and in the hospital instead of home to your loved ones. It is essential to remain calm, but at the same time it is important to also be a defensive driver. If you are aware of what is going on around you, you will see the person as they are moving over and make the adjustment. Don’t let someone else’s mistake ruin your day.

 

 

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