How to deal with road rage

Road rage is something that almost every driver faces. It’s an unfortunate side-effect of other people’s terrible driving and excessive traffic. Road rage comes in many different forms – from inappropriate hand gestures and swearing to riding up someone’s rear end.

Of course, road rage is only really hurting you and ruining your good mood (unless it escalates to actual violence). So, calming yourself down when you feel the rage boiling inside you is always a good idea. Which is why you should take note of the following tips.

Play calming music

Whether it’s classical music or heavy metal, find a genre or album that takes you to your happy place. Try to only play that particular piece of music when you feel the rage start to boil. It’s a good idea to put some effort in and create a unique playlist for those stressful moments behind the wheel.

Have a mantra

It doesn’t have to be profound or a quote from Ghandi, but find a saying or a phrase that makes you feel calm. Perhaps it’s an inspirational quote or lyrics from a song you love. You could also make one up yourself. Then when you get worked up while driving you can repeat this to yourself.

Get a toy

You could get something like a stress ball to play with when you’re stuck in idle traffic. Obviously, you shouldn’t use this while you’re driving as you need both hands on the wheel.

Breathe

This is one of the most common pieces of advice when it comes to stressful situations. But that’s because it works. There are tons of breathing exercises out there that can really help when you get all riled up. They’re easy to do and won’t distract you from driving (which is important).

Give in to the road rage… but only a little

Road rage is a natural reaction for most people. Traffic can be stressful. But it can escalate and you need to beware of that. You don’t want to have to take your car to panel beaters because you got in an accident after losing your temper.

Authored by: Pete Anderson

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