Road Rage interferes with our love of driving. Who can enjoy being on the road when the threat of road rage lurks in the next lane? What can be done to keep from feeling rage?
Driving is not something that occurs like a sudden sneeze. It is an intended act, and it can no longer be taken for granted. A driver must prepare in advance by following some smart ideas, otherwise his lack of preparation can lead to danger or death.
- Understand your relationship with your car. Do you know where it begins and ends, or is the car your territory which spills over its sides so that you could become enraged if someone got too close or tailgated you or stopped too suddenly in front of you? Your ego may have stretched too far. Choose to see that you bought a car, not everybody's highway location. Feel yourself edged and protected by your vehicle, not stretched out all over your lane. The fear that leads to anger and on to rage can be nipped right in the bud by identifying your interpretation of your territory and restricting it to the edges of your car.
- Treat your car as your best friend. Keep all working systems in excellent condition. Be sure the wipers leave no smears and that your tires are properly inflated so as to give good traction and no swerving during storms. By staying in your own lane, having excellent brakes, good brake lights and working turn signals, you can make other drivers comfortable and prevent road rage.
- Plan your driving: familiarize yourself with directions, road conditions, and any congested areas you will want to avoid. Knowing where you are going and how easily you will get there takes away a lot of driving stress and fear. If you can find an alternate route, keep it in mind in case there's a lot of road construction or an accident blocking the way. Be alert to locations where you can use a rest room or get gas.
- Keep a ready supply of water in the car (dehydration is pandemic and a dried out brain is already in stress). The season will determine how you store it, but do drink the water as you travel. To prevent low sugar energy drops, carry and snack on a small supply of packaged food (crackers & cheese, etc. ). They're good for you, and these resources will cut down on the aggravation children often experience when buckled in.
- Evaluate yourself. What is it that really presses your button? Is it that cell phone addict? Or the person who won't let you go in front of him when there is an obstacle in the road. Or the person who dwaddles at the green light? You know why you get angry, but now you know that a sip of water might help you to be more forgiving.
- Understand driving. It is not a completely left brain, conscious behavior. It was only that way when you were learning to drive and when you took your driver's test. After that, it became a habit. It is a sort of hypnotic experience, a relaxed and easy ride. While that makes it easy to drive, it does set you up to be startled by aberrant behavior-like someone appearing out of nowhere and flashing by you. The car is gone in a heartbeat, but your heart is beating too fast. A complete deep breath and a smile wipes out the fear and brings back driving pleasure.
- This may be number seven, but it is first and foremost a way to prevent the anger and annoyance from ever happening. If you know that the traffic streaming up and down in front of your office irriates you at the end of the day, tap your temple before you start the ignition. If waiting for a freight train makes you go bananas, tap your temple a block ahead of time. This meridian tapping affects your emotions and turns down the angry ones. Nothing could be simpler.
Your driving life can take on monumental pleasure when you use smart ideas. And because what works for one may not work for another, there are many ideas and suggestions waiting for you at http://TametheRage.com and at http://thearticleguy.com/roadrage.htm
Share them with your family and friends; keep them free from road rage.
My thoughts are with you,