- Road rage is defined as violent anger that is caused by the frustration and stress that a person feels when he or she is driving a vehicle. Road rage is very dangerous. Studies have shown that people who drive while they are angry or upset are twice as likely to be involved in a car accident. Fortunately, road rage is something that you can overcome. The key to overcoming road rage is to identify the triggers. Below are five of the most common causes of road rage:
- Bad Day
If you have had a bad day at home or at work, then you will probably still be thinking about the day’s events while you are in the car. That is why you are much more likely to exhibit road rage after a bad day. You may feel like taking your anger out on the other drivers on the road. If you have had a bad day, then you should allow yourself time to calm down before you get behind the wheel of the car.
- In A Hurry
If you realize that you are going to be late for work or another important event, then you may be angry when you get in the car. You may also begin to panic. As a result of all this, you may exhibit road rage. Rushing just is not worth it. If you find that you are going to be late for work or another event, then you should call and let the people know that you are going to be late.
- Careless Drivers
Many people on the road drive without regard for other drivers on the road. They speed, talk on the phone while they are driving, make obscene gestures and turn without signaling first. Careless drivers can cause anyone to become enraged while driving. There really is not anything that you can do about a careless driver. However, if you find yourself getting angry, then you should turn on some relaxing music and take some deep breaths.
- Traffic Problems
Traffic problems, construction work and car accidents can also cause road range. These are problems that you cannot avoid, but you should pay attention to the road and try to remain calm no matter what.
If you are a parent, then you know that children can sometimes make you very angry. A recent study done in the United Kingdom showed that children are a major cause of road range for parents. If your kids are fighting in the backseat, then you should pull over and stop the car for a few minutes. That will give your kids the opportunity to calm down, and you will be less likely to exhibit road rage.
- Author BioWendy is a mother of two children and knows how stressful daily driving can be. She recently had a bad case of road rage when another car hit her brand new Suzuki Alto from behind and caused extensive damage. She managed to calm down and she provides tips for other drivers who experience sudden bursts of road rage.