You’re running late for work, and you’ve missed two calls from your boss already. You’re stuck in some pretty heavy traffic, and you’re trying to change lanes to keep in the side that’s moving the fastest. People in front of you aren’t having it, though, and keep swerving to cut you off. Your music is turned up loud, with the fast beats driving you to try to get ahead in this start-and-stop nightmare.
Finally, you get to your turn and you’re trying to speed through when the person ahead of you in the other lane swerves in front of you, fully cutting you off and making you miss the light. You’re angrier than you could have possibly imagined, so when you speed off from the light, trying to make up for lost time, you don’t notice the little sedan that just pulled in front of you. With a resounding crunch, you slam into the rear bumper of the slow-moving car, bringing you both to a stop on the shoulder of the road.
How to Prevent This From Happening to You
This could have all been avoided. But how, you ask? Let’s break it down.
You know how bad your commute is. Don’t cut it close and leave just a few minutes before you think you should and assume traffic will just magically be okay today. Give yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going so you’re not worked up if the traffic is horrendous. While you’re at it, consider taking a back route where you’re going. Even if it’s a bit longer, less traffic could be good for your mood.
Everyone loves rocking out to loud music in the car. However, if you’ve got issues with road rage, select your tunes carefully. If you’re always listening to fast-paced, aggressive music, it’s likely to put you into an aggressive mood. That’s not ideal when you’re trying to stay relaxed and not yell at the drivers around you!
If your anger issues are very prominent, you could consider turning to a mantra that you can repeat to yourself if you feel your blood pressure shooting up in traffic. Consider something introspective, like, “I’m just going to work,” or “I’ll get there when I get there.”
These personal mantras can help give you something to focus on that isn’t traffic, so you can calm down and drive more carefully. After all, what’s the use in driving fast if it just means you’ll get there at the same time as everyone else?