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How to Deal With Road Rage

I'm sure you've all been one of those pissed off people, angrily clenching the steering wheel, cursing at the traffic that's making you late for work. Stress from driving can cause your blood pressure to rise and your emotions to get the best of you behind the wheel. People with such road rage honk their horn incessantly, yell at other drivers, tailgate cars in front of them, and weave in and out of different lanes, which can cause accidents.

If any of this rings true for you, here are some ways to prevent road rage:

  • Carpool. Take a bus. Hop on the subway. You can get to work anyway you want, but who said you have to be the one behind the wheel? Now instead of getting annoyed during your commute, you can read a book, catch up on the news, write a letter, talk to other people, do a little work, or even snooze. Doesn't that sound relaxing? Plus, it's better for the environment!
  • If you have to drive, try to avoid certain times of day or places that get congested. I used to leave for work a little earlier, which almost cut my commute in half.
  • Make yourself a mix of calming songs to listen to in the car. You'd be surprised what relaxing music can do for your mood. Or listen to a book on tape. Getting lost in a good story can distract you from getting bothered by what's happening outside the car.
  • Be the bigger person. If someone cuts you off, doesn't use their turn signal, runs a red light, or rides up your behind, just let it go. You can't change what they did (even if you give them "the finger" with both hands), so just forget about it. Be proud that you are being a good and safe driver.
  • If you come across an aggressive driver, keep your distance, don't make eye contact, don't honk, and don't do anything to instigate them.

Most importantly, buckle up!


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Clarishi Clarishi 10 years
I totally go mad when driving!! I´m very calm everywhere BUT behind the wheel... I´m a very responsible driver, so I go nuts when others don´t use signals!
FB1977 FB1977 10 years
Lemuse I agree! I try not to use my cell phone while driving. I actually honked at a young girl the other day, who was in front of me, and texting while in rush hour traffic. She was going very slow, holding up traffic, and I noticed she kept looking down. So I honked and a made a point of giving her a nasty look. I didn't care...she got the point. :irk:
baby-ballerina baby-ballerina 10 years
i am the victim of road rage ! i nearly got hit by 7 cars last year. this year, by February, i was nearly hit by 9 ! all on separate occasions. hahaha.
lemuse20 lemuse20 10 years
When someone does something incredibly infuriating, I always look to see if they're talking on the phone, about 90% of the time they are, they should make hand-held phones illegal while driving!!!! Eesh, just talking about it pisses me off.. *deep breath*
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
I love it when you let someone into traffic and they 1) are looking in the WRONG direction so as to hold up traffic for longer than necessary, 2) decide they're going to take their sweet time doing it 3) act like it's their god-given right and don't even bother with any sort of thanks. I always feel almost BAD when someone lets me in, and I try to do it as quickly but safely as possible, make proper eye contact instead of assuming someone's going to let me in, and wave thanks a couple times, because I'm so grateful! Then there are those people who talk on the phone and do other ridiculous stuff whilst driving - and obviously can't handle it since they're weaving back and forth, oblivious to the havoc they're causing around them. I try to remain calm, but when someone is driving dangerously, it's annoying and scary ... so the best thing to do IS avoid them!
FB1977 FB1977 10 years
Wow!! I always worry about that happening. I live in NW burbs...I've met a few Chicagoans today. We need to start a group!
facin8me facin8me 10 years
I was born in Chicago, but I live in the burbs now too. You're right- you can't get away from the crazy just by being outside of the city limits. My coworker got followed into work yesterday by somebody who she wouldn't let cut her Evanston!
FB1977 FB1977 10 years
Ooo facin8me, you from Chitown too? I'm actually from da burbs, but don't matter with the damn crazy traffic.
facin8me facin8me 10 years
FB- People are batsh*t crazy on the roads in Chicago. There's just no getting around can't possibly drive in this city and stay calm.
FB1977 FB1977 10 years
All great advice...but, not going to work for me. I can't help it - I get road rage here in Chicago, it's inevitable. People drive like complete a-holes!!
tati33 tati33 10 years
I totally have Road Rage in Los Angeles...ahhh NY with its subway system was less stressful :OY:
cubadog cubadog 10 years
If its bumper to bumper I know it is out of my control so I just let it go. I have really worked on slowing down I set my cruise control and it keeps me in check. The thing that drives me nuts are the slow pokes that camp out in the left lane and don't get over in a lot of states it is a law that you can't be in the left lane except for passing my state doesn't have that law. UGHHHH!
Marci Marci 10 years
All of the suggestions are good ones. Road rage is really scary. When someone goes off on me - sometimes for something I don't even know I did - I just let them have their moment and slow down until they are way ahead of me. You just never know who is truly crazy out there and what they might do.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
these are all so true. living in Jersey, I get angry with just about everyone on the road, so these rules are rules to live by!
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 10 years
Some people literally have no idea how to drive...that's what bothers me the most. I mean, how do these people pass their driving tests? Usually I don't curse or honk or anything like that, but if I have my son in the car? They're lucky I don't scare the sh*t out of them by following them home.
jhuck jhuck 10 years
I'm usually pretty good in traffic. I've sat in bumper to bumper stuff for hours at a time. There's one road that just gets to me though! It's 4 lanes and people don't realize it and drive in the middle of both lanes so you can't pass them. I always get stuck behind a person going super slow at least once a day. It's getting more and more frustrating the more it happens!
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