Avoiding Road-Rage: Tips for Staying Stress-Free While Driving
In our fast-paced world, we can find ourselves racing from one place to another, especially when we hit the road. With heavy traffic, tight schedules and the pressures of daily life, it's no surprise that road rage is quite common. The AA conducted a survey in 2021 where 70% of participants confirmed they were on the receiving end of road rage at some point in their driving history.
Road rage can lead to risky situations, accidents and bad outcomes for both parties. In this blog, we'll have a look at a few tips for keeping your cool behind the wheel.
One of the causes of road rage is being rushed or running late. To avoid this stress, take a moment to plan your trips in advance. Leave yourself lots of time to spare, factoring in possible delays due to traffic or unexpected events. If you add the Google Traffic Widget to your phone it will show you traffic information and delays in your area as well as crashes, roadworks or road closures nearby. When you're not in a rush, you'll be less likely to become frustrated and agitated.
Mindfulness can help us to manage stress, including road rage. When you're driving, keep your mind on the road, your surroundings and your own behavior. Steer clear of distractions like texting, changing radio stations or eating while driving. By staying alert you can better respond to unexpected situations like those outlined in our blog
Traffic jams and slow-moving vehicles are just part and parcel of life on the road. Instead of getting annoyed, try to see these situations as opportunities to practice patience. Take deep breaths or listen to soothing music. Remind yourself that getting angry won't solve anything or miraculously speed up traffic.
Avoid aggressive driving
Engaging in aggressive driving behaviors, such as tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic and endless beeping at others can increase tensions
Don't Get Involved
The AA speaks of Mayo County Council's Road Safety Office running numerous safety campaigns around road rage. Road Safety Officer - Christina Lynch refers to tailgating and aggressive driving as "autobody language". She says, "That triggers the other driver to do it back, and that escalation of tension leads to collisions". If you meet an angry driver on the road, don’t get sucked into arguments. Avoid eye contact, using offensive gestures or reacting to aggressive behavior. Your safety should always be your top priority so avoid engaging with irate drivers that could lead to risky situations.
Take Necessary Breaks
For long journeys make sure to take regular breaks. Being overtired can make us irritable and
We can’t control other people’s behavior
All the information on this blog is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. While An Post Insurance makes every effort to ensure that the information appearing on this blog is accurate and complete, it does not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability or accuracy of this information, whether express or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. An Post Insurance will not be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential losses and/or damages in connection with the use of, or action taken in reliance on information contained in our blog.
Through this website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of An Post Insurance. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites and if you click on links to these websites you will be subject to the terms and conditions of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.