Why do seemingly normal people, people who would never think about being aggressive towards others in an open, public place, show dangerous displays of road rage? A recent article in Slate explains that it’s all about “perceived anonymity.” People feel like they are anonymous inside their vehicles.
No matter how it comes about, here are some tips to prevent road rage!
- A road rage incident is usually a series of escalating events. If something another driver has done something that angers you, let it end there. Accept that you’re angry and practiced controlled breathing, or distract yourself by turning the station on the radio. Do anything but lash out! If you have angered someone else, do not allow anything they do in retaliation anger you.
- We all make mistakes. Sometimes we make really, really stupid mistakes. Notice how quickly we are to forgive ourselves when we are the ones making the mistake? Why not give someone else the same kind of treatment? Do not take someone else’s mistake and turn into a deliberate act.
- Arrange your lifestyle to prevent road rage incidents. Take care of yourself. Get enough sleep and try not to drive when you are extremely hungry. Also, give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go. A lot of times we get angry when we are in a hurry.
The Joseph Auto Group wants to promote safe driving by all of our customers!