Say NO to Road Rage
Road rage has become an epidemic that can manifest itself from arm waving, to shouting matches and fist fights to even gunplay. Road rage can affect the most mild-mannered people so it’s important to understand road rage, how to spot it, and what you can do about it.
Road rage is classified as violent behavior exhibited by a driver of an automobile. It can stem from frustration at heavy traffic, rude drivers, annoying noises from within or outside your car. Road rage can even originate from stress in your own personal life.
Road rage can be spotted in a number of ways. Tailgating or following too closely is typically the most common form of road rage. This is a dangerous situation that can quickly escalate with horn honking, flashing lights as the other driver tries to irritate you. Not only is this a problem for you, it can create hazardous conditions for other drivers around you.
You should try to avoid people who are exhibiting signs of road rage. Do not allow yourself to be baited into responding. It’s best to avoid any further contact with the person and if necessary, get off at an exit to allow the situation to defuse itself. In any event, do not allow yourself to get into a physical confrontation, consider taking down the person’s license plate and calling the police if the situation persists.
Of course, one of the best ways to avoid road rage altogether is to relax and not allow yourself to get angry and frustrated. Avoid conflict and situations that might make you impatient. Allow plenty of time for you to reach your destinations so you don’t feel rushed and stressed. Also, try not to drive when you’re tired or have another person drive for you. Listen to soothing music instead of loud aggressive music. Finally, don’t use your cell phone while you’re driving because that can add to your stress and it can anger other drivers.
If you do end up in a situation where you are angered and your pulse is racing, take some time to collect your wits. Take some deep breaths and if necessary, pull off somewhere safe and get some fresh air. You might even want to consider taking an alternate route just to change the scenery.