Believe it or not, Road rage is no 1 of the top causes of road accidents. According to the National Institute of Safety, motorists rate this as a top threat for highway safety and also 66% of traffic accidents are due to aggressive driving. So no matter what, everyone has played their part in it- either being guilt or a victim, nevertheless you can do something to amend.
1-Say, “I am sorry”-
“When we deny a mistake, it defines us. When we own a mistake, we get a chance to set it right.”- Scheme from Brene Brown
2- It is not about “You”- Years back while I was on a drive with a friend, we got involved into a minor interception with another bike. The bike fell down and my friend in full on angry-mode got out of the car to curse the rider. He kept blabbering and swearing without even paying attention at what the rider was saying. He ensured to say everything to prove to the public that had gathered around due to the scene that he didn’t do anything wrong, while the rider was actually accepting that it was his fault all-along. He made it all about himself without even registering what the other person was saying.
This also happens while we are in the midst of an argument, we make it about ourselves neglecting the issue at hand. Sometimes my friend, it is not about “You”.
3- There is no award/appreciation- Even if you are the safest, fastest, roughest driver/rider on the road, there is no Padma Shri award which you will receive and because no-body really knows who was the amazingly skilled driver passing them at a speed of light, there is no appreciation as well.
Instead you can participate in GTR and showcase these skills. And the plus point is the award and the fame just don’t do it on the main road risking so many people.
4- Switching Lanes/Driving in Wrong/One-way Lanes– There are traffic rules for switching lanes properly without damaging anyone’s peace of mind, so why not follow those rules?
5- Breaking Signals– Breaking signals not only promotes traffic jam but there is a good chance of someone who is following the rules getting hurt, and I would not even want to start on how unfair that punishment is for following the national safety rules.
6- Reckless Driving- Zig-Zag, Slant, Triangular, all these patterns are also fun when they are drawn with a pencil on a sketching book. May be that will get it out of your system to do it with your steering wheel for fun.
7- Phone usage- Man, I have been an offender of this, I would text and because I am a bad multitask-er, my speed will automatically fall below allowance completely forgetting about the person driving behind me. I am also certain this is one of the common reasons for road-rage. So instead of becoming an hurdle on the road, I would suggest you either buy a Bluetooth headset, park your car at the side or put your phone aside for a while.
8- No Tailgating– If you see a car trying to be unreasonably in hurry, then you should give space to them. It’s impossible to understand the reason behind someones action but it is possible to be courteous and let go instead of them banging into your car and further more wasting your time and energy.
9- Music playing too loud– There is a chance of someone being in a hurry, but you can’t attend to that since you are listening to Ed Sheeren like you are in a live-concert. There is also a possibility of an ambulance honking and you still can’t hear it because, “The shape of you” has contracted the shape of your concentrating brain.
10- Punctuality– Another reason for letting the anxiety take over even a boring driver like me is if I am late. Somehow, I get an impression that I can compensate for the lost time by driving at 70 kph instead of 50 kph, which is a possibility since I might be late only by 5 minutes, but the added anxiety is so not worth the 5 minutes. So leave 5 minutes early then using complicated physics to compensate for it.