Road rage has become a huge part in our lives and it becomes more common in crowded cities. In reality, road rage only serves to compound the degree of risk when we are driving. When our mind is filled with anger, there is a higher threat of accidents. Driving on the highway is a risky enough, but road rage can take the whole thing to a different level. In this case, road rage can be prevented, as long as we keep a level head. Before a long-distance trip, we should condition our mind and body to drive less aggressively. We should consciously let others to cut in front of us, especially during busy traffic hours. Many people are genuinely in hurry to reach their destinations and we should keep a level head. We could keep ourselves in control, rational and calm by playing soothing music. This could make a difference between serene driving and the desire to wring the neck of other drivers, who simply struggle to go to an important appointment.
Road rage could also happen when we are late. If we seem to be constantly affected by road rage, we should consider going to work 30 minutes earlier. This allows us to drive a little slower and we could become more aware of the cars around us. Road rage could re-emerge when start to become more tense, as we are concerned with boss or client who is waiting for us. Rage could immediately leaps out and takes control of our car. By having proper planning, we should be able to control road rage. By departing early, we could deal with unexpectedly slow traffic and a short detour. It is also important to not to take thing too personally when a driver seems to drive haphazardly. The person may not be a very good driver, and he/she could be struggling on the wheel. We should accept that there are less experienced and neglectful drivers out there. We should expect to meet them each day on the road. They may not have malicious intention, not purposely wanting us to swerve the car or slam on our brakes.
Manage stress whenever possible and tension could happen due to small things, such as when children scream that they don’t want to go to school. Stressors run rampant in our lives and it is important to know how to handle them. Our driving performance is often dictated by stress and excessive amount of stress could simply make us mad. We should be able to remove worry and stress from our lives, the moment we get behind the wheel. Sometimes, stress simply overwhelms us despite our valiant effort to eliminate it. When everything seems futile, it is better to find the nearest gas station, pull over, buy some snacks and drinks; and calm our mind.