Because sometimes people drive like jerks
It is a beautiful Friday morning and you just woke up with a big smile on your face. You get out of bed, brush your teeth, take a shower, get dressed, and pour that first cup of coffee. Life is good. You get in your car and your favorite song is on the radio. You start to sing along, cheerful as ever, as you merge onto the highway. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, a BMW cuts in front of you and causes you to slam on your brakes. There was no warning. No turn signal. You take a deep breath and try to think about something else, but all you can think about is that BMW. In fact, your boss drives a BMW, which just reminded you that you have a project due next week. You are only a quarter of the way done. Your stress levels are starting to rise, but you notice traffic is starting to slow. A big semi-truck just switched lanes and is now driving 5 miles under the speed limit in the left lane. Your road rage is starting to kick in. You want to get over to the exit lane, but a Honda Civic is blocking you in because the driver is too busy texting to pay attention to the road…
We have all been there. A beautiful day can be ruined by road rage. You don’t plan to get angry, you don’t want to be angry, but how can you help it when there are so many bad drivers on the road?
Here are some tips for controlling that road rage:
- Be sure to get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can increase the likelihood of losing your temper.
- Make an effort to leave earlier. Running late can cause unnecessary road rage and cause you to be the bad driver.
- Place a picture of your loved ones on the dashboard. This can be a reminder that you have people who love you and want you to arrive home safe and sound.
- If you start to feel anger or anxiety, take a deep breath and try counting.
- Pay attention to your music. Music can strongly influence your mood. If you feel stressed out, try switching to jazz or other calming sounds.
Here is what to do if you are being targeted by road rage:
- Avoid eye contact with that driver.
- Do not return any gestures or swear words.
- Keep your vehicle behind the person with road rage.
- If things escalate, call 911.