Have you ever been a victim of or the one experiencing road rage?
Summer is a time of change in climate, shift in mindset and often an anticipation of travel and vacations. Let’s face it, we have some elevated expectations. We seem to have unspoken desires that summer is going to be fun, relaxing, and on some level a little more carefree as vacation season ramps up for so many people, but not so for everyone. So, what happens when temperatures and tempers flare no the road? What can you do?
With an increase in road rage during summer months, here are
7 Tips to Prevent Road Rage In You
- Plan for safety.
- Consider how you communicate with other drivers on the road.
Refrain from body language.
Consider if “the look” is productive, counter productive, or a potential trigger for escalating an angry driver.
- Limit “the look” there is not need to stare for so long you endanger your own driving.
- Tap the car horn wisely.
- Hydrate. A body functions under less stress when properly hydrated and fed.
- Be aware and prepare. There will be drivers in poor running vehicles, distracted, tired, hungry, with families.
- Be a defensive driver, you are less likely to react as a “defenseless” driver if and when someone cuts you off or dangerously swerves into your lane.
Many of us would benefit for each of us would take minimal time to consider how we will respond “if” and “when” there is an unexpected incident not the road. A plan foster better responses and reminds us that a road trip is a bunch of unspoken expectations that are assaulted when a dangerous situation threatens personal safety.
You can only manage yourself as are as road rage is concerned. Do you want to arrive safely? Proper for how you will respond in the event someone gets in your personal driving bubble. If you have family in the car, there are two things to consider: a driver has an elevated sense of responsibility to see pall passengers safe. Know the risk of personal stress before you ever get behind the wheel. Ask yourself, “what kind of example do I want to be for those in the car?” If a car swears into your lane whether intentionally or not, there will be a reaction. Fear for the safety and care of those in the car is a natural reaction. Plan and prepare to drive defensively rather than reacts defensively and contribute to what could turn into a volatile situation if we do not stop and think.
You can manager yourself. We cannot control other drivers driver or how other drivers are driving. Be alert, and aware of what other drivers are doing as you focus on staying in your lane. The brain a tremendous capacity to take in a lot of information. It is fair simple to plan according to the circumstances you observe onto road. In the same way many have thought about what they would loo if one the road with drunk driver, we can prepare tao manage our own safety and road rage by managing a plan and taking action on the road.
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