9 tips to avoid road rage

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REMAINING calm in traffic is a daily struggle for most commuters who spend a sizeable portion of their day on the road, and few have managed to master their road rage completely.

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According to 1st for Women Insurance’s executive head, Robyn Farrell, a local survey conducted by the AA showed men are more likely to show aggression than woman, and of the male population, it is those aged from 20 to 35-years-old who are more prone to react violently.

“Stress, depression and pent up aggression are contributing factors and can result in minor incidents, having the potential to escalate rapidly into a disproportionate reaction that can end in violence,” said Farrell.

To stay calm on the road, follow these tips from 1st for Women:

1. Get enough sleep:
The National Sleep Foundation found that tiredness is a contributing factor to road rage and makes us more prone to anger and annoyance.

2. Don’t rush:
Do you often whiz through your morning routine chaotically, hoping to get to work just in time? If so, then give yourself some extra time to get dressed, prepare those school lunches, get petrol and make your appointment. More time means calmer driving.

3. Your car is not for blowing off steam:
Remember your vehicle is a mode of transportation, not a weapon.

4. Listen to mood music:
It makes sense that classical music, relaxing tunes or even comedy will reduce your stress. You can even try an audiobook to tune out the rat race outside your car.

5. Just breathe:
Relax that grip on the steering wheel and unclench your teeth. Some deep breathing exercises and even stretching behind the wheel can cool off a hot temper.

6. Remember that it’s not about you:
The fact that someone else is driving badly is not a personal attack. Hostility is toxic for your health so no matter how much someone has angered you, try and let it go.

7. Driving a car makes people feel more protected, allowing them to act in ways they normally wouldn’t:
So when another driver swerves into your lane while talking on their mobile phone, respond as though you’re not in a car.

8. Analyse your own behaviour:
Do you speed? How often do you SMS and drive? Do you often swear while driving? If so, you might be the aggressive driver.

9. Practice kindness:
Follow the ‘do unto others’ rule.



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Erin Hanekom

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