High Temps and Hot Heads: 6 Tips To Prevent Personal “Road Rage”
No one needs instruction how to escalate a situation. We need to know who to prevent personal road rage. When a vehicle becomes perceived a weapons of assault, tempers are going to fly! Be prepared.
Would you agree there is something you could do to improve your life a week from now? Could you do something that would dramatically turn your world upside down if you chose poorly? (Yes and yes.) You have likely confirmed that you have the ability to choose personal results.
It is summer, super hot and temperatures are beyond our control. Control what you can control. Owning a well performing car gives you climate control. Voice your thankfulness. It may seem odd, but the audible message has a dual impact on how the brain registers the “input.” For recall purposes later, this will come in very handy. Adopt an attitude of gratitude as you set your temperature controls to “comfortable.” You can control the car’s climate.
Driving is not a spectator sport, it is hands on transportation operated by emotional people. Setting the right expectation in advance is priceless. When road rage shows up, it is literally a “fight” for survival! Such rage manifests in a bombastic expression of unmet exceptions reacting from “survival mode.” These emotionally escalated reactions act in what is know as a “fight” for survival. Because the individual has recognized or perceived an intense threat to personal safety the reactive mode escalates without warning. Road rage is a personal loss of control over personal safety. It elicits fear, and sometimes pain (tingling feelings in hands or other pats that feel like needles for a few seconds). It is then that “BOOM” survival mode take control and reacts.
A little preparation goes a long way in performance.
In the same way you cannot withdraw from the bank what has never been deposited into your account, preventing road rage on your part requires advance “mental” deposits. When we plan and prepare, we perform with better results. Just like driving; when you know where you want to go, you drive in that direction and arrive at the desired destination. When you do not know where you are going you can expect to get lost or need directs. Whether you ask for them is a personal choice. The choice does however has a direct impact on you. So, plan well, when it comes to road rage, plan to prevent road “Wrath.”
Road “wrath” happens when a recipient of road rage engages from subsequent reactive behavior.
- Establish a positive driving attitude BEFORE you get in the car.
- Plan and actually think about your objective for the trip.
- Self-control is the result of forethought. How will you navigate the road…
- … at any cost?
- … safely?
- … without incident?
- … vigilant?
4. Register these facts: there will be drivers on the road in cars that do not run well. There will be cars with no AC. It will be problematic for those drivers and will contribute to more easy escalation. This is not your problem, but impact other drivers. Do not let it become your problem. Your job behind the wheel is to arrive safe and move on with the day.
5. Consider your mood. What do you want it to be when you arrive at the destination?
6. Manage any anger before drive.
Road rage is generally a fleeting moment that can leave in its wake personally escalated thoughts, feelings and emotions. At the beginning of this article you established that you do have control of your choices and the result of personal impact in your life. Reminder, a single does not have to end in a long term effect. Keep in perspective that it is only a single moment. Regain control and redirect in the direction and manner you set out for your day.
A prepared response is less likely to operate from reaction. Why? The brain has data to retrieve should a moment of danger enter your lane. Having trouble managing stress, overcoming performance obstacles life, or achieving goals? Get help NOW.
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