We’ve all experienced it. That moment when another driver does something not so smart and all you want to do is scream and yell and maybe do something back to them. Let’s take a step back today and take another route. A route that will likely lead somewhere preferred like, let’s say, your destination safe & sound. Let’s hit the brakes on the rage by recognizing the causes.
Not Enough Sleep
According to the National Sleep Foundation, a lack of sleep is making a big contribution to the cause of road rage. The result of not enough sleep is obvious. You become irritable, cranky, and may become annoyed easily. Avoid these feelings by getting the recommended daily amount of sleep per night, which is eight hours.
Stop rushing and start planning for a more pleasant commute. Don’t allow just enough time, add 10 minutes to your expected commute time. It may also help to have things prepared the morning before to ensure a smooth start to your day. Less rushing equals calmer driving, so plan ahead!
Taking it Personally
Let’s face it, when someone cuts you off, your immediate thought may be “what a jerk, how dare they cut me off!”. Step back for a moment and remember that their actions were likely not aimed at you as personal attack. Give the person the benefit of the doubt, and think about your own well being as well. Reacting to what others are doing is only putting yourself in danger. You’ll be glad you laughed it off.
You may be wondering what your vehicle has to do with road rage. The fact of the matter is that a lot of people mistake their car for something it’s not, a therapist. Keep in mind, your car is transportation not a machine to vent with.
Did you know?
People who are prone to anger and hostility are more likely to have a heart attack than those who are less prone to it. It doesn’t end there. Other risks in those prone to anger include stroke, depression, and obesity. So before you get mad, think about your health.
Knowing is half the battle. Now all you have to do is make the change. Putting an end to road rage will not only reduce your chances of getting in trouble with the law but it will also improve your mental and physical state! Wishing you calm and safe driving from your friends at Paradiso Insurance!