As children, we’re taught to share things. However, as adults, the sharing of things fades away. It’s a little weird to share your purchases and household members with others.
Adults must share the roads, highways, and streets with motorcyclists, pedestrians, and other drivers. Sometimes, it’s tough. You’re in a hurry, you had a bad day, or you can’t wait to share the good news with someone.
Road rage doesn’t only lead to vehicle accidents; it also leads to murders. Therefore, it’s important to end the practice.
We provide seven tips on how to end your road rage for good.
1. Plan Ahead
Road rage doesn’t solely mean driving while angry. It encompasses aggressive driving behavior. Speeding, weaving in and out lanes, and tailgating count as driving aggressively.
Some people see these techniques as normal driving behavior. However, they’re not.
If you engage in those no-no’s, figure out why. For example, are you constantly running late?
If so, it’s time to start planning your trips. Give yourself time to arrive at your destination with time to spare. It affords you a chance to grab coffee, breakfast, or run a nearby errand. For others, it’s time they can use to prepare for the day.
2. Skip Peak Hours
Commuting traffic is predictable. Between 6 am to 10 am and 3 pm to 7 pm traffic is the heaviest. To end your road rage for good, consider driving at the beginning or end of traffic peak hours.
It’s possible to change your work schedule, especially in 2021. Companies have found that telecommuting is possible; it doesn’t lead to a loss in employee productivity. Others have adopted remote working altogether.
Commute-heavy industries, such as logistics, encourage their drivers to leave with the loads in the evening. Driving at night allows them to arrive at their appointments on time.
3. People Make Mistakes
Even the best drivers make mistakes. Sometimes they can’t drive their way into the far left lane that turns into the street from the one that only goes into the freeway.
That’s not a reason to become upset. If you do them the favor of letting them over, they’ll return the favor to someone else.
It’s important to remember that what happens on the road is not personal. Let it slide off your back and chalk it up to a driver making an honest mistake.
Check out JT Legal Group’s list of repeated driver mistakes for a deeper take.
4. Avoid Tailgating
Defensive driving strategies state that you should leave one car length in front of you for every 10 miles of your speed. At 60 miles an hour, you should leave six car lengths between you and the car in front of you.
When you leave that much space it gives cars space to merge in front of you. In traffic, it feels like other cars are cutting in front of you. So, some drivers end up tailgating.
Tailgating causes accidents daily. In addition, the highway patrol does pullover tailgaters.
5. Take an Anger Management Class
Some people experience out-of-control anger. The good news is that you can find help. An anger management class gives you helpful tips.
It’s also worth practicing self-care. If you find that other drivers easily tick you off, you probably lack sleep, a healthy diet, or self-care.
6. Ignore Aggressive Drivers
Everyone has seen the vehicle driven by someone who is driving it like it’s stolen. It’s normal to feel frustration at their lack of politeness toward others sharing the road with them.
If you believe in karma, it’s best to ignore aggressive drivers.
When they cut you off or merge into your lane behind you, mind your blind spots and the road. Don’t become a victim of their haphazard driving. Valuing your safety is a great way to end your road rage.
7. Avoid Confrontations
Ignoring aggressive drivers helps you avoid confrontations on the road. Don’t stop your vehicle to give them a piece of your mind. Stopping your vehicle blocks traffic. It also increases the road rage tendencies of drivers around you.
The number of murders related to road rage increased in 2021.
It probably feels good to confront the driver who cut you off, caught you off guard, or gave you a good scare. However, in the grand scheme of things, your life has value. If you’re driving with your children or other household members, remember that their lives have value too.
Emergencies can occur while you’re driving. You receive a distress call from your household or you find out that a loved one is in the hospital. However, these emergencies don’t happen daily.
To end your road rage for good, take note of your triggers. Then, find solutions. Consider avoiding peak traffic hours or taking an anger management class. Changing your schedule helps too.