We all get angry and have moments that we are not proud of. However, that doesn’t mean that it should result in a moment that we may regret for the rest of our lives. Road rage can lead to more aggressive driving – like speeding – which, according to the National Safety Council, can cost our society approximately $40 billion per year.
Here are some tips as to how you can prevent road rage in your vehicle:
· Keep your driving environment calm. Making your car a happy, peaceful place will help keep your road anger at bay. Listen to music that makes you happy or that calms you down.
· Allow yourself plenty of time. Being late will make you anxious, impatient and maybe irritable, so you'll be more likely to get angry at other drivers or make irresponsible driving decisions that will make them angry at you. Leaving yourself plenty of drive time to get to your destination will help you stay relaxed.
· Find alternate routes if necessary. If construction zones or rush hour highway traffic makes you edgy and more likely to express your road rage, find another way to get where you need to go.
· Avoid distractions. Please don’t talk on the phone, text message, eat, or do any other distracting tasks while you drive.
· Let speeding cars pass you
· Think of the other person as human. The other drivers on the road are just like you. They are tired, traffic-hassled and just want to get to their destination.
Follow the Golden Rule of Driving: Drive the way you'd like others to drive.