You know that feeling in your chest that you get when someone cuts you off, doesn’t use a signal when they’re turning, or slows down in front of you just as you’re about to pass them? Well, whether you want to believe it or not, it’s called road rage. While you may not be angry enough to pull out a gun like some people or ram your vehicle into the rear-end of the other person, you are still feeling it. So, what can you do to prevent road rage from happening? Or if it does happen, how do you prevent it from overpowering your body?
Plan Ahead and Listen to Your Favorite Tunes.
Slow drivers can get the best of all of us. Whether you are running late to work or you’re just antsy one day, a driver who is driving five or 10 or more under the speed limit can really get under your skin. Obviously, you’ll want to try to pass them if you can. However, this isn’t always possible. When it isn’t, flip on your favorite song and sing along. This will help you keep your cool until a passing zone comes available and you can get out from behind them. In addition, you may want to think about trying to plan ahead better. Set your clock 15 minutes late if that’s what it takes so that you think it is 8:45 a.m. when it is really 8:30 a.m.
It can be really frustrating when someone is riding your rear. This is particularly true when you’re driving the speed limit or even going a little bit above. Whatever the case may be, if you have the opportunity, move over and allow them to pass. While it does mean that you succumb to them, it also means that you aren’t letting your emotions get the better of you.
Avoid Flipping People Off.
When someone cuts you off, you get angry. The first thing you think about doing is flipping them the bird. It’s almost second nature for many people. However, think about why they may be in a hurry. Their wife could be going into labor or their child may be sick. You just never know. After all, haven’t you ever been in a hurry to get somewhere before?
While you can take steps to avoid road rage overcoming you and your emotions, it doesn’t mean others will be proactive in doing the same. Therefore, you want to ensure you have proper auto insurance on your vehicle in the event that you are involved in an accident. Contact us at AWARD Insurance Group for a review of your current policy or to obtain a quote for a new policy.