Road Rage – When Driving List
ROAD RAGE IS…
Road Rage is often called intermittent explosive disorder, a term used to refer to violent incidents resulting from stress caused by accidents or incidents on roadways. It is often a natural extension of aggressive driving.
Road Rage frustration and aggression are often triggered by traffic conditions, being in a hurry, stress related to other pressures. Road Rage is a feeling of retaliating of awlfulizing the other driver. The other driver deserves retribution. We make a free choice in what we do. We choose how we are going to respond.
∇ Are you experiencing aggressive driving in your attitude when behind the wheel?
∇ Find yourself driving erratically?
∇ Getting ‘worked up” driving?
∇ Find yourself saying not nice things called Expletives?
∇ Driving definitely causing you a lot of stress?
- Occurs when a driver reacts angrily to other drivers
- You cut off another driver
- Gesturing or waving fist.
- Flip off someone
- Aggressive driving
- Excessive speeds
- Scream at another
- Chase another car
- Honk continuously at another car
- Make threatening gestures
- Try to injure or kill another driver
- Name what you do: _______________
Road Rage is an symptom of an underlying issue with a driver. Impulse Control is a major issue. They are unable to remain in control of themselves or their emotions. Often stress is very high in your life. Perhaps your personal or business life is not going very well. Your anger spreads beyond driving creeping into other aspects of your life.
Choose to Calm Down and disengage from your stress.
For drivers who do not experience Road Rage knowing what might trigger a person is equally important.
Do not “flip off” someone with your middle finger. They may have a pistol in hand waiting for an excuse. Some people may just not like your look. Your race. Your hair color.
Atlanta has now become an aggressive driving city with too many cars and not enough roads.
Vote for more MARTA, High Speed Trains, Other Public Transportation ideas when they come up in Voting. Use MARTA when you can.
- Be calm
- Listen to soothing music
- Slow down
- Take more time to get to your destination and expect delays
- Plan your driving trip before you drive so you know where you are going. Use Google maps.
- Plan to arrive 20 minutes early so if traffic bad you are not stressed
- Become a better driver
- If you have anxiety while driving take a driver education course in defensive driving
- Be courteous while driving
- Make appointments in non traffic times
- Stop multi-tasking while driving
- Stop talking on phone while driving
- Stop looking at your phone while driving
- Practice holding the steering wheel with two hands so your other hand does not auto multi-task
- Allow a car beside you to get ahead of you when lane narrows
- When a driver cuts in front of you abruptly, let it go and expect that again
- Drive with 360 degree awareness paying attention to all sides, front, back, left, right (Zen Driving)
- Anticipate traffic incidents with attentive awareness “reading” the traffic ahead of you
- Practice Positive Self Talk and say things like “Calm Down” “I feel Calm” “No big deal”
- Do not use expletives like idiot, stupid, asshole, *uck you, *ucker, Mother*ucker
- Do not use expletives like _____________ _______________ _____________
- Arrive safely to live another day
Remain Calm and Carry On. Repeat this to yourself.
Road Rage Help
See: What is Anger.
See: Rage Management
See: Road Rage Management
Director Richard Taylor BS, CAMF
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