We've all experienced road rage at one point or another. Whether you're yelling at the person in front of you going 20mph in a 35 mph zone, or whether you're honking at the car in front of who's taking too long to make that left turn. Road rage affects us all, but definitely not in a positive way. This is why it's important to understand what causes road rage and how we're able to avoid it.
Road rage can be influenced by aspects other than bad drivers on the road. Hunger, fatigue, stress, these are all factors that can affect our attitude on the road that we wouldn't even think of. Another road rage influencer is also time and running late to something will definitely increase your risk of being agitated by other drivers.
There isn't a way to completely prevent road rage and we will probably be forever agitated by "bad" drivers, but there are ways to try and at least stiffen the agitation a tiny bit. Leaving on time is probably one of the biggest pieces of advice you can get on calming road rage. If you leave earlier for your destination, you allow yourself time to cruise there peacefully, not having to worry about slow drivers because you're not in a hurry! There will be times where we'll be late to something very important and your agitation levels are already peaking and you haven't even walked through the door yet. In these cases try to find anything that is calming to you and that might help with agitation.
-Play some calming music, but avoid heavy bass or songs that are too fast.
-Make sure to breathe. Taking deep breaths will lower your heart rate and reduce stress and anxiety.
-think about the consequences. Remember that there are many lives at stake on the road and expressing your anger for that moment isn't worth causing an accident.
We have to understand that road rage is not only dangerous to ourselves, but others as well. When we act on our road rage we are endangering the lives of many people and finding ways to control that rage will help save lives! #staycalm