Have Road Rage? Learn How to Suppress It…

{Source: Wikipedia}

{Source: Wikipedia}

I’ve never really understood it – I’m really a sweetheart by nature – but unfortunately Arizona’s traffic just really makes my skin crawl.

But, I’m not alone!

I’m sure many of you are thinking the same thing.  Why does an entire highway – one with 4 or more lanes, I might add – have to literally slow to a crawl because of lookie-loos’?

Sometimes’ for no apparent reason whatsoever!

With more and more drivers on the road, than in the past decade or so, our highways have been becoming increasingly crowded.  So much so that many of our commute times have nearly doubled.

When we sit inside our vehicles – frustrated with traffic – we’re sometimes just not as polite as we should be.

It’s when traffic is bumper to bumper, a driver is speeding, or we feel rushed that we tend to tailgate, make impolite gestures, change lanes without signaling (I for one see this a LOT), and/or honk the horn at the car in front of us, etc.

Sound familiar?

According to a recent study – completed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – 60 percent of the drivers surveyed consider this type of driving a threat to their health and safety.

And, there’s a name for it – AGGRESSIVE DRIVING.

Aggressive driving is defined by “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” {Source: NHTSA}

Aggressive driving can escalate into road rage which puts all drivers at risk due to the increased risk of a car accident.

Those that experience road rage, according to WebMD, may be facing increased stress, tension, fatigue, or anger in their daily lives.

For the purpose of this blog, we’re going to discuss some of the techniques you can do to remain a courteous and defensive driver, by suppressing road rage.

Together, we can make our highways a safer place, for all drivers.  If you would like more information on how we at Action Barricade can help please call 602-288-6350.

Take Deep Calming Breathes

By practicing the art, of taking deep calming breathes, you can help reduce your anxiety and stress.  In fact, according to The American Institute of Stress, deep breathing will increase the amount of blood in your blood as well as release tension.

Focusing on your breathing for 20 to 30 minutes per day (what a coincidence that you just happen to spend this time in your vehicle) makes it easy for you to remain focused on staying calm and relaxed without needing to take your eyes off the road.

Listen to Music

Listening to music is, in fact, one of the things I personally do to remain calm when I’m stuck in traffic.  You can also listen to audio-books.  I do, however, recommend avoid any violent music or audio-books (just to be safe).

Organize Your Schedule

One of the best ideas I ran across during my research, was the idea of organizing (or reorganizing if need be) our schedules, in order to avoid the stress that comes with feeling rushed.

Managing your time wisely, planning for traffic, or leaving early allows you to feel a more relaxed because you won’t really be in such a rush.

Count to 10

Counting to 10, or 20, or whatever number it takes to accept that your trip is going to take an undetermined amount of time longer due to traffic.  Counting is basically one of the many cognitive-behavioral intervention tools you can do to alleviate some of your everyday stress.

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