Road rage has no place on the roads at any time of year. It’s just that during the winter, the dark days and cold nights take an even bigger toll. The worse the driving conditions become, the more likely we are to succumb to anger and hostility behind the wheel.
If you’ve experienced road rage in the past (or it happens more frequently), you’re not in the minority. In fact, research suggests that at least 85% of drivers have experienced road rage in one form or another. Unfortunately, road rage breeds the kinds of bad habits and poor decision-making that can lead to dangerous accidents and incidents.
Putting the brakes on road rage is something everyone should take seriously. Breaking bad habits like these isn’t easy, but is nonetheless possible with a proactive approach. Experts also recommend the following tips and guidelines for bringing road rage under control:
Take Deep Breaths and Count to 10
Knee-jerk reaction forms the basis of almost every instance of road rage. Hence, simply taking a deep breath and counting to 10 can make a big difference. Instead of flying off the handle the moment something happens, it’s far better to give yourself a few seconds to take stock of the situation. After just 10 seconds or so, you’re far less likely to lose your temper and succumb to road rage. If not, take another deep breath and count to 20.
Change the Record
It’s a proven scientific fact that the music we listen to while driving has an effect on our driving habits. One example of which being heavy metal, which is prone to making us drive faster and more aggressively. By contrast, relaxing classical music creates a more tranquil setting in which to drive more slowly and carefully. If you’re not in the best of moods or have a tendency to lose your temper, you might want to think twice about your driving soundtrack. There’s a time and a place for thrash metal – stressful situations on the road might not be it.
Reconsider the Urgency of Your Trip
You’re being slowed down by drivers tootling along way below the speed limit. You’ve also been held up by several indecisive drivers at junctions, some road works and a dozen red lights. You’re clearly in a bad mood now, but ask yourself – how urgent is your trip…really? Will it honestly be the end of the world if you arrive a little late? What’s the worst that could happen? Unless you’re genuinely on a terrifyingly tight deadline, you might not need to rush as much as you think you do.
Accept Your Own Errors
We all make mistakes on the roads from time to time. In fact, most of us slip up on a regular basis. The problem being that when we do, we attract the anger and rage of other drivers. And when this happens, we take out our frustrations on them in return. It’s far easier and safer to accept your errors when you make them and move on. Rather than shouting at the driver giving you a hard time in the next lane, acknowledge it was your fault and try not to make the same mistake again.
Don’t Be Horn Happy
Last up, not many drivers know that you can actually be fined (and heavily) for using your car’s horn at an inappropriate time. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not there to be used to vent frustrations. A simple parping can be all that’s needed to kick off a seriously dangerous incident of road rage. Hence, you’re better off saving it for what it’s there for – warning other drivers of your presence when 199% necessary.
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