How To Avoid Road Rage
We've all seen it - people absolutely losing it at the traffic lights. People getting out of their cars and genuinely having a fight in the middle of the street. It might not seem likely, but the convenience of a car seems to bring out all of our rage. When we can't get where we want, when we want, it can bring out the worst in even the nicest of people. If you are worried about road rage or you have got yourself into this pickle in the past, here are some of the easiest and most effective ways to avoid road rage.
• Be The Bigger Person. If someone is tailgating you, the last thing you need to do is start roaring at them from the driver's seat. Concentrate on the road and if it's really bothering you, move over and let them in command. It's not worth the stress or getting into a fight over: just remember that you don't do that kind of thing. If you find yourself in a situation like this, it's always better to give the quick wave of apology and move on: who wants to get into a roadside battle, anyway?
• Concentrate On Yourself. Speaking of which, it's easier to stay calm on the roads if you accept that not everyone is a great driver. If you pay attention to your own driving and are cautious at all times, then you don't need to let the bad drivers annoy you or put you off. Be more conscious about yourself in terms of time-keeping, too; it's not someone else's fault that you are 15 minutes late and now need to make up time on the motorway!
• Who's At Fault? Most road rage stems from either misreading a situation or trying to save face and avoid embarrassment. You should therefore take the time that you need to be more careful about how you drive and where you drive. Had a stand-off with another driver? Perhaps ask yourself what role you played in that happening, and whether or not you could have done more to prevent it.
• Don't Honk. Honking is something that you should use for emergencies - avoiding hitting someone or something, that kind of thing. Honking at a driver who wasn't perfect is poor form, and just creates aggravation and anger among other drivers. Don't drive around honking the horn at people who are slightly out of sync: it's going to make you look the bad guy and probably make you come across as quite boorish and arrogant.
• Avoid Eye-Contact. Eyes on the road, not the daft driver! Always take your time when driving to go around corners accordingly and to make sure that you are consistently on track when it comes to driving. Again, the best thing that you can do is pay attention to yourself.
With this in mind, you can hopefully find that life is a touch more serene on the roads. A touch of self-reflection and patience alongside calming, relaxing music helps, too. Just remember that road rage won't make you or the other person a better driver!