Road rage is a very common term that most people can relate to. It involves the stress level increase and subsequent blood pressure increase that often arises when things do not go as planned in traffic.
Road rage has led to cursing, traffic accidents, violence, even death. While road rage is not something that will likely be eliminated, we can all do our part to control our driving and our reactions to other drivers.
Below are 10 brief ideas to help reduce your chances of being consumed with road rage.
#1 – Understand that everything on the road is not in your control. We have all heard the saying “they drive like their license came from a Crackerjack box.” Not everyone is safe on the road or cares what you think about it. An example of this type of person can be seen by accessing this link, http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2689365/bad_drivers.html?cat=16.
#2 – Plan ahead. Check for construction areas that may cause long delays. Map an alternative route to your destination. Road rage often happens when you are already frustrated by sitting in traffic.
#3 – Leave early just in case something unforeseen happens such as a traffic accident on the freeway. Road rage can be reduced by giving yourself plenty of time to get to that job interview or doctor’s appointment.
#4 – Listen to your favorite music. There is no question that the right song can change your mood. Load up your IPOD or CD changer with music that can help you fight off a sudden attack of road rage.
#5 – Another option is to turn your car into a “Drive Time University.” Listen to audios that discuss your area of interest such as building wealth, owning a business, or improving your health. This activity focuses your attention on something positive and helps pass the time in the event of an unexpected delay.
#6 – Control your reaction when someone cuts you off or won’t let you in. Again, as much as we would like to, we cannot control the actions of others. The situation can be made worse by reacting with obscenities and hand gestures.
#7 – If you are on a road trip with the family play something fun like “I Spy” or try and find the most out-of-state license plates. Small things such as this can quickly help you recover when you feel road rage creeping up inside of you.
#8 – Public transportation. When taking the train or riding the bus it is generally easy to relax in traffic and focus your thoughts on other things.
#9 – If you are in a carpool for work ask one of your carpool buddies to hold you accountable when you start to get upset and lose your temper. This could be with a code word or phrase. This could also be in the form of a joke or funny story that helps you to calm down. Remember not to let one bad driver or traffic delay ruin your whole day and your interactions with other people.
10# – ***Do not be the driver that you hate.*** This includes cutting people off, speeding through residential areas, talking on your cell phone or texting, driving slow in the fast lane, etc.
Small changes can make a big difference. Please feel free to share your thoughts on this topic or add more to the list by posting a comment.