How to Deal with Road Rage

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Almost everyone has experienced some form of road rage while driving. While most people are able to recover from their anger quickly, in some situations, it can turn deadly. It is important to recognize the symptoms and address them quickly, so here is your guide to dealing with road rage.

Breathe deeply. The urge to go after another driver can be intense, but take a few deep breaths as soon as something happens and keep your hands firmly on the wheel. Remind yourself that the situation is only temporary and that you have the power to stay in control of your emotions.

Yell it out. If someone cuts you off, roll up the windows and release your anger in the privacy of your own car. It will feel good to let go of your frustration and no one will get hurt.

Keep your eyes peeled for aggressive drivers. Cars that change lanes erratically or speed up and slow down inconsistently bring trouble. Avoid them at all costs (even if it means slowing down) and stay focused on your safety.

Depart for your destination as early as possible. Drivers in a hurry are more likely to experience road rage because they fear being late. Check traffic reports before leaving the house or come up with at least one alternate route that might not be as crowded as the one you normally take.

Stock your car with soothing music, a stress ball and books on tape. These items will help create a peaceful sanctuary in your vehicle and you should reach for them if you start fuming over something that happened on the road.

Pull over to calm down. When you start to experience feelings of rage, drive your car to the side of the road (or exit the road altogether) and regain your sanity. Exacting revenge on other drivers may seem logical while in the heat of the moment but can result in tragedy, so clear your head before proceeding.

Tips

  • check Put the cell phone down so you can focus on the road ahead of you.
  • check If you find yourself in an altercation with another driver, simmer down and back away slowly. There is no point in compromising your safety when it comes to arguing with a stranger.

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