Road rage is a serious problem even to the most nicer of drivers. Statistically, you are either a victim or a perpetrator of bad behavior on the road every day. There are many scenarios were you can tell is a driver that has road rage. From weaving in and out of traffic to get ahead, tail gaiting, making angry gestures at other drivers, multi-tasking while driving, or taking out your frustration on other drivers when they’re in the same boat as you. Specially areas like Southern California, seeing this every day on the high ways is not rare anymore. You always wish there was a cop around to witness some of these over board road rage scenarios.
If you feel like you are a person that suffers from road rage, you are not alone. There are four triggers that create a response when we are driving. Those triggers are feeling endangered, being detained, watching others disregard the rules of the road, and feeling the need to retaliate. Like everything, if you constantly do the same action, you build it. Thus, going from a nice driver to angry driver. You start having violent thoughts, you are always in a hurry, you are constantly critical, you want to show you have, you want to show other drivers you have power over anyone else, you only obey some laws, and you are always in denial blaming other people of their driving not yours.
So, let’s share some tips to try to control further road rage:
- Play music that relaxes you, remember that you can’t change others, only yourself.
- Also, think positively, even when other drivers are acting negatively.
- Adopt an attitude of cooperation, tolerance and rationality.
- Count to 20 when you get angry or try to listen to the radio.
- Talk yourself through the situation instead of reacting.
- Use deep breathing techniques to regain your composure.
- Model good behavior.
- Consider that other drivers may have a reason for their bad actions.
Just remember that anger in your daily life can lead to health problems. Just because you haven’t got into a car accident, it doesn’t mean you are not a bad driver and have problems dealing and sharing the road with other drivers. So, drive safe!