Last updated on November 6, 2019 at 12:24 pm
If you’ve driven for any length of time in the Northeast, you’ve definitely seen some road rage or otherwise aggressive drivers on the road. Whether it’s speeding, tailgating, or weaving through lanes, reckless driving is dangerous and can lead to road rage in others.
None of us are perfect, and modern day life is filled with traffic tie-ups and distracted drivers that would make even a saint lose their cool. East Coasters are no strangers to the hazardous driving and short tempers of others. Before you find yourself in a situation that might lead to aggressive behavior, here are some tips on how to keep your cool while on the road:
- Listen to traffic updates and plan ahead – if you know to expect delays, you’ll hopefully be less aggravated when sitting in traffic. If there are delays, give yourself enough time so that you aren’t rushing and “cutting it too close”
- Keep a good distance between you and the next car – don’t tailgate the car in front of you. Conversely, if someone is tailgating you, rather than trying to ward them off by slowing down, safely move over or pullover and let the person pass you
- Be courteous – it’s a good habit to say “thank you” after someone does something kind. So if someone accommodates you on the road by letting you into a lane or stopping to let you turn, give the driver a friendly wave. A simple gesture of gratitude will go a long way
- Listen to music that makes you happy. But, be aware that your music could distract you or bother drivers around you, so keep it at a reasonable level
- Don’t use your cell phone while driving. Speaking from experience, I get frustrated when I see a driver on his or her phone, even when stopped at a red light or stop sign. Do everyone a favor and wait until you are safely parked to use your phone
Avoiding road rage requires self-awareness, patience, and respect for other drivers. Keep calm and practice good road etiquette to keep yourself and others safe on the roads.
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