If you are like me you have a lot on your plate, a lot on your mind and you are in a hurry to get from point A to point B.
Slow drivers in the fast lane and people talking on their cell phones swerving in and out of their lanes absolutely drive me insane and cause me to get pretty worked up while I am driving.
Sometimes it feels that driving is the most stressful and anxiety-ridden part of the day. Even the calmest people can become enraged behind the wheel when faced with ignorant and irresponsible drivers on the road.
So what exactly can we do about road rage when we feel it within ourselves?
- First of all most road rage or aggression behind the wheel is the symptom of a deeper issue. For example, you may have other issues you should be tending to and dealing with if you are experiencing road rage and aggression while driving.
- Be a pro-active driver instead of an aggressive driver. Learn that there will be slow drivers in the fast lane and there will be people on their cell phones that are swerving in and out of their lanes. There will also be people who are text messaging at a red light and sit there while the light turns green.
- Avoid driving if you are emotionally impaired. This means if you are upset and crying, if you are elated and happy or if you are more stressed or anxious than normal. Avoid driving anytime you are not clearly thinking. Consider driving while emotional impaired as similar to driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.[alcohol addiction]
- If you are experiencing road rage and find yourself getting aggressive on the road take a breath and possibly change your route if you need to. If there is a person going slow in the fast lane get off at the next exit or the next street. Pull over to take a breather or find a good radio station. If there is a person sitting at a light that has turned from red to green and they are text messaging or not paying attention slightly bump your horn to let them know they have a green light. However do not tap your horn to be malicious yet simply to let them know they can proceed.
- Always remember you are not in their shoes and you do not know what is going on in their life that has caused them to pull out in front of you or go extremely slow.