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Drive off Road Rage: Staying Calm behind the Wheel

By: Patrick Juinio Drive off Road Rage: Staying Calm behind the Wheel

Driving your own car can benefit you in a variety of ways. For starters, you get to be flexible. You can change routes and move at your own speed. Second, you don’t have to put up with the hustle and bustle that accompanies public transportation. By driving your car, you can enjoy the different sights and listen to good music without worrying about people blocking your way or speaking too loudly. Third, you can spend more time with your friends. You can invite your classmates or colleagues who are from the same area as you to ride with you. This allows you to bond over things other than school or work. However, driving your care is not devoid of challenges. The greatest obstacles drivers face are traffic jams and undisciplined motorists. Such difficulties can cause road rage, which in turn can put you at risk of being involved in a physical altercation, or worse, getting into an accident.

Here are some tips to help you stay calm behind the wheel:

 1. Get enough sleep the night before driving.

You tend to be more easily irritated when you lack rest. Thus, you should get an adequate amount of sleep the night before driving.

 

2. Always have light snacks with you.

Hunger increases your irritability and aggression so you should always have light snacks (e.g. crackers or candy) with you when you drive.

 

 3. Leave as early as possible for your appointment.

Leaving early, especially when you have an appointment, gives you more leeway in case you get stuck in traffic, thereby preventing you from feeling frustrated.

 

4. Play your favorite songs in your car.

Listening to your favorite songs while driving helps you relax by keeping your mind off whatever triggers your anger.

 

5. Perform breathing exercises.

By performing breathing exercises, you can release any tension you feel.

 

 6. Be the better & bigger person.

No matter how badly you want to confront an unruly driver, remember that it will only lead to more problems.

 

Keeping your composure on the road is tough, but possible. All it takes are self-discipline and emotional maturity.

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