Road rage is at the extreme end of the aggressive-driving spectrum and flares in the least expected moments. Anyone is vulnerable to road rage — old, young, male, female, outgoing or shy. But in those moments when you feel your face flushing and your hands sweating, you’re not in control of you fast-moving car any more — your anger is. Scary thought, huh? A little planning and calm thinking could save you from some of the biggest mistakes behind the wheel.
No more Mr. Hangry. When you’re so hungry that you become angry it’s called being “hangry” and that can make a simple error on the road the start of a rant. Have snacks and a drink ready before you start driving.
Plan ahead. The frustration that brews when you’re running late and the car in front of you is going slower than a snail can be nearly impossible to contain. If this is you, pretend every event is 10 minutes earlier than scheduled and leave accordingly.
Just breathe. When something makes you mad, you’re automatically prone to tensing up. Take that first second to inhale deeply, and let it out nice and slow.
Sing it out. Next, distract yourself by turning on the radio. Get your mind off the mistake and on to something other than your anger.
It’s not personal. Truth: the other drivers don’t know you or your situation. They didn’t purposely do something to make you mad or make you late.
Cut a little slack. When a driver deliberately cuts you off, consider, “maybe that man’s wife is having a baby down the road, and he’s rushing to see her.” If people are going so slow they would lose a race against a tortoise, suppose that “maybe they just got some hard news.” Make kind excuses for other drivers – they could be true.