Driving may look easy, but there are plenty of times where it can become seriously stressful. When driving, you are torn between the distractions that surround you and the activity that you are actually supposed to be focusing on. A presence of mind is a necessity; keep your cool despite all the things that you find annoying and irritating. Concentrate on the crucial part you are playing as a driver, the captain who is responsible for the safety of the lives of other people.
However, no matter how good you are as a driver and no matter how accustomed you are to the ways of the road, the possibility of you losing your temper is always there. Whether it is heavy traffic jams, or stubborn motorists who keep on violating traffic rules that cause chaos on the road, or just annoying fellows who destroy your day with their unjust and irritating travel habits, it is really a challenge to prevent yourself from getting frustrated, angry, and even violent. There goes road rage.
Surely you have heard countless of news that depicts such furious outbursts. This is a growing problem that shouldn’t be taken lightly. In some cases, road rage has caused a lot of trauma not just to the ones involved but also to the other motorists who were able to witness the encounter. Actually, the list of these cases is getting longer and longer each day.
I am sure you do not want to get a spot in the list. So here are some things you may want to consider to avoid being too carried away by the anger and frustration that can lead to road rage:
1) When Bad Mood strikes, make sure to not take it out on others.
There are many things out there that can cause a frustrated feeling within you. But whatever the reason may be, it will never be an excuse for you to involve others in your problems, especially when you’re behind the wheel. Just because you are uncomfortable or pissed off does not mean you can freely antagonize others; they may be as uncomfortable and pissed off as you are and you may not like it when they react violently.
2) Reason out, but avoid hitting below the belt.
When confrontation is already inevitable, keep calm only subject your words to soft, kind arguments. Avoid those remarks that are just insulting; never include in the conversation statements that have nothing to do with the situation at hand. Profanity is never an option.
3) Be firm, but never let things to get physical.
Of course, fighting for your own right when you are the one who’s telling the truth is acceptable, but physically attacking the other driver as a response is unacceptable. If you harm another person, it wouldn’t matter if you’re the one that’s right in the argument prior the attack. You will suffer the consequences. So it’s better if you just keep your cool.