A lot of accidents on the road are caused by road rage. Most drivers nowadays are in a slight state of panic while they’re driving. Traffic situations are so bad and so many people are breaking the rules that it’s easy to get angry at someone else when things go wrong. Your heartbeat is already fast and your blood pressure is already high while navigating the streets. So the smallest thing can send you over the edge. And this can lead into carelessness and crashes. So what can you do to avoid road rage? Here are a few tips:
- Travel When There Is Less Traffic: This is obviously a no-brainer. If possible, you should always travel when there is less traffic. This may not always be possible because you might be driving to work and back. This usually means you’ll meet traffic during rush hour. But if you’re running errands, going out with friends or doing some shopping, why not schedule it at a time when there’s less traffic?
- Give Yourself Plenty of Time: Start a little earlier than you absolutely need to. Give yourself fifteen extra minutes so that you won’t be late getting to wherever you’re going. This can be hard to do, especially when you’re getting dressed and rushing out in the morning. However, with a little bit of preparation, you can give yourself those precious extra minutes which will make you feel calmer, knowing that you’re going to be on time (or at least that you did your best to get there on time.)
- Try Calming/Soothing Exercises: You’ve probably heard this before: taking a few deep breaths helps you to see the situation more calmly. It slows things down and makes you feel better, which means you’re less likely to crash your vehicle. If you have a lot of road rage, try yoga or meditation. Even just 10-15 minutes of meditation everyday can make you feel calmer and more equipped to deal with the pressures of driving.
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