Road Rage: 4 Ways to Avoid Getting Too Emotional on the Road

Road Rage

All too often, people get in a fight over a stupid incident on the road. This is the result of both parties acting foolishly and not thinking clearly. Fortunately, with these four tips, a motorist can, with ease, avoid losing his or her temper.

Watch out:

When driving down the road, one will, inevitably, see people who do not know what they are doing. While it is frustrating to watch this, by looking ahead, a driver can avoid problems in the first place. This is an important step as a motorist can prevent a problem and even laugh about the poor driving skills of a motorist. Remember, when on the road, watch out for people in lifted trucks with mud tires or sports cars as these type of vehicles tend to be involved in a higher number of accidents.

Slow down:

A motorist should aim to drive slowly and safely. When taking it easy, one can avoid problems from occurring and watch out for other drivers. This is a crucial step to take as excessive speed will contribute to problems. This will also have another side benefit as a driver will receive less attention from cops; at the same time, a driver will save money on gas when he or she drives slowly and avoids speeding.

Nice music:

In the car, some people feel like they are in control of their own destiny and can do whatever they please. This is not the case, and a driver must realize this if he or she wants to avoid confrontations with others. One way to avoid problems and get in the right mindset is to listen to soothing music. This can include classical music or jazz; otherwise, when listing to aggressive music, a driver may have more energy and is liable to cause problems on the road.

Never escalate:

When involved in an incident, even when slight, a driver should not escalate the insults or body language. Instead, when encountering an angry driver foaming at the mouth, one should simply ignore them and go on with their day. If the angry motorist follows a driver, he or she should head to a local police station and park near the entrance; this should deter most sane motorists who do not want to deal with the local police department. Remember, never go to someone else’s level as it will usually result in problems for everyone involved.

With these four tips, a motorist can avoid most problems. Remember, it is not worth it and one should avoid confrontation at all cost.

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  1. says

    I have been lucky thus far (knock on wood) in that I’ve not come across it, but I read/hear about it so much that I know these tips are very handy.

  2. Daisy says

    There are some crazy drivers out there. I wish that I could send them these tips when I see people getting crazy. I always think – we just all want to be safe and anger doesn’t help people.

  3. says

    Being an overly defensive driver is my problem. Giving people space and length to hang themselves is what I tend to do.
    And with so many red light cameras on my local roads, there is no need need to suffer from the road rage bug.

  4. JennieIW says

    Good tips. I have become more mellow as I age. When I was younger, I was way more aggressive in the car than I’d ever be out of it. I wasn’t a “masshole” (heh) driver, but if I felt like another driver was being that way, I would work myself up into quite a froth of righteous indignation. Now I just let it go; the way other people behave isn’t a reflection on you.

  5. says

    My biggest issue is that I leave with plenty of time to get where I am going and the people behind me do not seem to do the same. Turning onto other roads where the person behind me thinks I should have gone but to me I would rather wait and make sure it is safe. Those things drive me nuts. These are great tips, hopefully a lot of people see this.

  6. says

    It is rare that I get real road rage–what does get to me is people in such a hurry that they start honking their horns-it makes me see red–just where do they expect everyone to go-run over the pedestrian who is crossing or just slam into the car in front of them. Those are very good tips up there.

  7. Adriane says

    Honestly some days it’s pretty scary out there on the road – some people seem to lose their minds when they get behind the wheel.

  8. says

    i’m so lucky we don’t have a lot of road rage in our area. But still these are great tips. Especially driving towards a police station if the road rage continues to follow you.

  9. says

    Thank you for sharing this! There are so many drivers with road rage around here! It is insane and it just makes everyone stress out. Hopefully some of them will read this lol :)

  10. says

    Sometimes I have annoying reactions but then usually I take a deep breath and think, “In ten years will this matter?” Then I mumble about them under my breath. ha!

  11. says

    These are great tips. Last year in Orange Beach where I am from someone shot another person over escalated road rage. Both the shooter and the man shot were driving with their families. Very sad.

  12. shawn says

    I am fortunate that usually the only thing that I have to contend with on the road….are the critters and on the rare occasion…an impatient driver. I have to re-adjust when I head to the city. :)

  13. Anita Breeze says

    We Canadians are just way too polite to have Road Rage :-) Just kidding, I’m sure it happens here as well! Luckily, I have never seen any.

  14. says

    I never understand the people who get so upset on the road. I might get annoyed when someone cuts me off, but it never more than moment.

  15. Ann Marie says

    Living where I live, it’s tough to control the road rage during peak tourist season, but I try to remind my self that once the summer is over all these idiots will be gone!

  16. patricia says

    Great tips as you never know what kind of people you may encounter on the road. I know I get mad but I just say a few choice words and move on lol

  17. says

    SLOW down is a BIG thing.. sometimes I just get behind a truck and stick to it.. a lot of the times I see people pull in and out and whip around while I slowly tucker behind the truck enjoying my music and coffee just to end up with all the crazy people that pulled in and out at the next light.. so why bother.. drive careful and relax and you will get there just as fast…

  18. says

    Hahaha… This post comes at the most opportune time, since I was just in my car and having a little bit of road rage myself. I’ll try to remember these options and tone it down a bit… but it’s hard when you want to go FAST! LOL I’m kidding.

  19. Mer says

    Thanks for the tips! This is really helpful to remember around the holidays, when the extra stress and hustle just seems to bring out the worst in some people.

  20. Anita L says

    These are great tips that you’ve shared! It’s really a shame how often I’ve witnessed road rage. I try to steer clear of anyone who is behaving this way.

  21. Jennifer Johansen says

    I find the best way to control my temper on the road is to always give myself an extra 15 minutes to get anywhere. If I’m not dependent upon speed to get me to my destination, I don’t get upset by minor delays.

  22. md Kennedy says

    Good tips. I don’t get road rage (what is the point??!!) but my husband loses his temper with other drivers all the time. At least he doesn’t take it out of the car!

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