How to Avoid Road Rage at All Costs

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Let’s paint the scene — you’re just driving along, minding your own business when all of a sudden a car comes out of nowhere and cuts you off. 

You lay on the horn, shout some profanities, and spend the rest of your drive irritated.

Listen, we’ve all been there. Whether it’s someone not signaling before turning, driving slower than the speed limit, or not letting you into a lane, there are just plain bad drivers on the roads.

However, though it’s so easy for us to get worked up, it’s just not worth it. In fact, plenty of people have been involved in some very serious incidents because road rage got the best of them. 

While you can’t always help your emotions, there are a few things you can do to help yourself stay calm while out on the road. 

Give Yourself Time 

Speaking from personal experience, I get more irritated and frustrated with drivers when I’m running late and have to be somewhere immediately.

However, when I’m running right on schedule, or even ahead of schedule, I find I’m a much calmer driver. 

If you’re like me, consider giving yourself an extra 10 or 15-minute window to get to your destination. 

This will not only ensure that you’re on time, but it will make you a more relaxed driver, should you encounter traffic or a frustrating situation. 

Be Aware of Your Emotions 

The people who experience road rage the most are people who are struggling emotionally with something completely separate from what’s happening on the road.

Before getting into a car yourself, check your emotions. If you’ve just had a big fight with your boyfriend, father, sister, or best friend, consider giving yourself time to cool down. 

You don’t want your heightened emotional state to affect your driving abilities. 

Everyone Makes Mistakes 

As Hannah Montana once said, “everyone makes mistakes, everyone has those days.” Maybe you’re not familiar with Hannah Montana, but the statement speaks for itself. 

People make mistakes. Drivers are going to cut you off, they’re going to forget to use their turn signal. Heck, you’re going to forget those things every once awhile. 

Now certainly if your safety is in danger it’s more than OK to use the horn, but if it’s not affecting your safety, try to let it go. 

Listen to Something That Puts You in a Good Mood 

We don’t advocate blasting music and distracting yourself while driving, but use the opportunity to listen to something you enjoy! 

Whether it’s a song, a podcast, or an audiobook, if you’re in a good mood while driving, it’ll prevent you from being irritated by bad drivers.