Road Rage is a serious problem that may involve aggressive behavior such as following the driver in front of you closely, cutting off other drivers or changing lanes erratically while speeding. A driver who experiences road rage may feel very irritable, angry, and maybe even cruel. This is a serious problem because several incidents of road rage have caused serious accidents and even violent shootings. Road rage may be a response to someone who cuts you off or goes in front of your vehicle without giving a signal. I noticed that I only experienced an explosion of anger during my morning trip when I was in a hurry to start working. I’ve never experienced road rage on the weekends when I’ve had plenty of rest and am relaxed.
Leave home earlier
One very simple way of making your commute easier is to leave home around 15 minutes earlier than you generally do. This way you have some extra time in case you need to get gas, want to get some coffee or get stuck in traffic due to an accident or some other incident. Also, keep weather conditions in mind; rain really seems to slow things down.
Be familiar with the Street
It also helps to be familiar with the streets and the general area surrounding your commute. This way you can easily take an alternative path if something is blocked and you know where all the highway entrances in case one happens to be closed or blocked. I like to listen to the radio while I am getting ready at home because the station will often broadcast traffic updates. I have found this quite helpful because it lets me know which areas to avoid and leaves early if I know there is an incident on the freeway.
Lack of sleep and high-stress levels
Lack of sleep and high-stress levels can also worsen road rage. Exercising often can help you control your stress levels by releasing endorphins that work to improve your mood. Sleeping early at night also ensures that you will be more rested and happier the next day.
Putting soothing music
Putting soothing music on in your car can also help to put you in a calm state of mind. Jazz and classical songs can help you feel more relaxed and calm. Audiobooks are another alternative. Taking deep breaths is another way to help you loosen up and share some of that tension off.
You cannot control if someone will cut you or drive slowly, all you can change is your reaction to their actions. You can choose to let it bother you, or you can take the big road and control your own emotions. Staying calm and calm will make your drive much more enjoyable and far safer than getting out of control.