Road Rage Brits: Top tips to stop getting riled up on the roads
We know the daily commute can be a stressful time for drivers - so we conducted a study to find out just how many people experience road rage across the country.
Our research found that a whopping 85% of us experience road rage and more than one in 10 have even followed people who annoy them on the road!
Many drivers have admitted to becoming so irate with other motorists that they swear, make rude gestures and beep their horn for longer than necessary. Some drivers have let road rage get to them so much that they have got into physical fights and damaged other vehicles!
We are all guilty of letting things bother us, and minor road incidents can end up unnecessarily spoiling our day. But getting too angry will release stress hormones which can have a negative impact on our health.
At CarShop we hate to see that road rage can have such a big effect on so many people’s lives. To help motorists, we’ve put together a guide on how to stay calm whilst driving to help reduce the likelihood of road rage.
Get a good night's sleep
If you’re tired from a sleepless night you could be more irritable as a result, which means it’s more important to hit the hay at a decent time if you commute to work or have a long journey the next day.
Set off in good time
If you are rushing around and running late then you will be extremely frustrated and anxious whilst driving which can be dangerous. This will also mean that any extra delays such as road works and being sat in traffic will get you even more worked up and more susceptible to road rage.
Creating a playlist of relaxing songs with chilled vibes will set the tone for your journey ahead. Your mood will be improved with songs you like and you will feel at ease when listening to calming music.
Put yourself in their shoes
If you’re stuck behind a slow or new driver, simply remember when you were new on the road and learning to drive or didn’t feel confident as a driver. Also, if you see someone in a rush or who is less courteous than they should be, try to think about the times you have been in a rush or having a bad day and try to give them the benefit of the doubt.
If you expect other drivers to make mistakes every time you get in your car you’re likely to be extra cautious and keep yourself safe. If you’re always aware of your surroundings, are thorough with your mirror checks, and generally alert on the roads, then unpredictable road users won’t come as a surprise. You can’t change other people’s behaviours, you can only control your own, and saying this to yourself will help you to manage your emotions.
Bye-bye Bad Vibes
If you’re stuck in a traffic jam, perhaps trapped behind a slow driver or cyclist, or another road user’s habits have caused you to become late - accept your fate! Once you come to terms with the fact that your day has had a bad or late start, you can move on and tell yourself the worst part is over and that your day will only get brighter.