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Reduce Aggressive Driving

24 Jul Blog | Comments

Driving can be stressful under normal circumstances. When you add in traffic jams, rush-hour traffic, construction, car accident, etc. driving becomes even more stressful and lots of drivers get angry and become aggressive. Angry and aggressive drivers tend to make bad decisions while driving causing accidents, injuries and even death.

We have all been there one time or another stuff traffic jam, trying to get somewhere are already late and getting more frustrated by the minute. But not everyone ends up getting super aggressive and driving in a way that is unsafe. It is important to know how to reduce aggressive driving within yourself. The list below gives you some tips on how to reduce aggressive driving:

  • Be aware – Being aware that you’re getting frustrated while you’re driving is a huge step in being able to stop that frustration before it gets out of control. Many times a person does not feel themselves escalating and that they have no chance of reversing it before it gets to a point where they make poor decisions. You need to be familiar with your personal triggers while driving. Do you get more frustrated during rush-hour? Do you notice yourself gripping the steering wheel? Are you not normally someone who uses swearwords, but you find yourself doing that while driving sometimes?
  • Take Deep Breaths – If you feel yourself getting more stressed out that it’s time to find a way to calm yourself down. One way to do that is by taking deep breaths and reminding yourself to calm down.
  • Pull Over and Take a Break – Sometimes the best solution is just to stop whatever it is that you are doing that is making you so anxious. Should you find yourself in a situation where you do not feel like you can calm down you may want to either pull over or get off at the next exit and just take a five-minute break. That five minutes might be all you need to reduce that aggressive feeling.
  • Play Calming Music – Depending on the type of person you are you may respond to calming music. Some people find that by playing music that is relaxing it helps to minimize their stress level.
  • Have Someone Else Drive – Should you find your stress level to be too high, especially at particular times of the day, or for example on a long trip you may want to consider having someone else drive. One option might be to carpool to work every day so that you’re only driving through that stressful trip once a day. Or if you’ve been driving for several hours having someone else drive gives you the time to decompress.

Driving is not easy because we are not in complete control. There are other drivers doing other things or there is construction going on or possibly an accident when we’re running behind schedule and we are stuck trying to manage that along with driving.

The best way to reduce aggressive driving is to be prepared for it and have ways to calm yourself down. First step is knowing yourself and being aware of when you are getting frustrated behind the wheel. The rest is being smart and giving yourself the opportunities to reduce your levels of stress. Nobody wants to be the cause of an accident, so reduce aggressive driving within yourself by giving yourself opportunities to reduce the level of stress behind the wheel.

 

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