July 26, 2013

How to Avoid Road Rage

Ever feel tense behind the wheel? Do other drivers annoy you, and you can feel your frustration growing and growing, ready to explode at any minute?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Road rage affects many drivers, and unfortunately it is just as much a part of today’s driving as the traffic jam. But there are ways in which you can avoid this. Here are Britannia’s top tips for avoiding road rage:

– Drive with manners. Allow other motorists sufficient time and courtesy, try not to pull out on anyone or rush any other drivers. Follow the rules of the road, and treat other drivers with respect, and you will get the same consideration.

– Make your car a happy place. It doesn’t matter if you’re into Death Metal or a bubblegum pop fan; listen to music that calms you down. In-car music has been proven to have an effect on the way you drive, with drivers that listen to more aggressive music becoming less safe on the roads, and therefore more likely to suffer road rage. Also keep your car clean and tidy- you need to feel relaxed in your own car to avoid road rage.

– Ignore other driver’s road rages. Don’t rise to them; if another driver swears at you or makes threatening gestures, simply drive on. Responding to their actions will only increase your stress behind the wheel, and higher your chances of suffering road rage and having an accident. It’s nothing personal – so don’t let it get to you.

– Plan ahead: one of the main factors in road rage is the driver in question rushing to get somewhere. The combination of rushing and stress very often leads to road rage and accidents, so give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to, and arrive at your destination calm and relaxed.

– Drive safe: Stay focused on the roads, don’t mess about with passengers in the car, talk on the phone, or eat or drink. These factors will only contribute to a higher likelihood of accidents and increase your risk of road rage.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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