Road Rage

The NTSB Reports a 500% increase in road rage. Here are 5 strategies you can implement to reduce your stress and avoid conflict.

There's a big difference between observing reckless vehicular behavior and reacting to it with rage. It's perfectly normal to be alarmed at poor driving and hopefully to respond defensively. But some of us, myself included, get furious at times. We honk our horns. We slow way down with them right on our tailgate to "teach them a lesson," or we pull up beside them, roll down our windows, and yell. Here are a few strategies that can help you overcome your road rage.

Remember, driving is not a race or a contest. Give yourself plenty of time for your trip so you’ll be less frustrated when traffic backs up or a driver cuts in front of you.

Be a good example. Sure, other drivers do annoying and even dangerous things. But, what about you? If you engage in any of these behaviors, it’s time to stop.

  • Speeding

  • Weaving in and out of traffic

  • Tailgating.Passing someone and then hitting your brakes immediately

  • Making obscene or frustrated gestures

  • Excessive Good manners when you’re behind the wheel – not everyone has them. But, that doesn’t mean you have to get caught up in the rush and the fury.

If you see road rage, steer clear. Move away from drivers acting aggressively or dangerously, particularly if they’re angry at you. Don’t pull over to have a confrontation with the other driver, and call the police if you feel the situation warrants it.

Can’t manage your anger? Get help. Anger management resources, such as classes, books or podcasts, can help you decompress. It may make your time on the roadways more peaceful for everyone.

The dangers of road rage are real, as you may have experienced for yourself. So, do your part to help keep anger off of roads. You’ll be a happier driver – and person – because of it!



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