This is meant for the members of the road rage club-I bet virtually everyone belongs here. I am referring to you who have found yourself in active and or passive altercations with fellow motorists over petty matters such as the driver ahead of you taking a few more seconds to respond to the traffic lights, etc. It is very easy to assume that this does not apply to you, but you will be surprised to learn that you have uncivilly confronted another motorist, perhaps subconsciously or consciously! If you were secretly tape-recorded, you would be surprised. Here is how you can manage and/ reduce road rage effectively.
Enough Sleep is Key
Doctors and therapists recommend that an adult gets at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every day. This is for a reason. First it boosts organization and reduces fatigue that encourages rage. Lack of sleep increases chances of resentment, anger, annoyance, etc.
The reason why you will be offended when the motorist in front takes longer to move after the traffic lights clear is because you are racing against time. Solution? Leave early for the journey, you won’t be infuriated by such petty issues.
Drive Happy, Select Good Music
It is important that you do not take the stress form the workplace to your car. If your boss caused it, your car is not a therapist. Additionally, the music you are playing in your car has a lot of influence on your mood. Aggressive music disturbs the mind and has been found to destabilize, emotions. Cool music soothes the mind and emotions.
Taking fresh air is therapeutic more so when driving. It is highly advised that you occasionally roll the window down and breathe fresh air slowly and deeply. This reduces stress.
Etiquette, Kindness and Less Hostility
Being less negative on the road enables you stop interpreting everything as an aggression from fellow motorists. The driver of the car just in front may be carrying a patient or a small kid, thus causing the delay or erratic breaking. If another one cuts you off, be kind enough not to respond angrily. People who are more prone to anger are three times likely to suffer a heart attack. Kindness will enable you avoid flashing the headlights and honking the horn when the other driver annoys you. This does not only help you ensure your own safety, but that of fellow road users too.