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Road Rage, and what to do about it

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Road rage has been compared to driving under the influence of impaired emotions. There are hundreds of road rage articles published each year of driver’s losing their tempers and acting in anger. Many times these actions wind up in the injury of another party and severe consequences for the rage influenced person. When wanting to list your car for Uber, you will have to take time to learn how to be the best driver possible. Understanding the causes of road rage, may help you avoid it altogether.

What is Road Rage?

Road rage is defined as any manoeuvre while driving that you perform in a deliberate manner. This action is the direct result of wanting to cause harm, embarrassment or outrage to another person. It is completed with total disregard for the safety of other parties. Some examples of road rage include running someone off the road, physical assault, intentionally hitting another car and cutting someone off. Most of the road rage articles that you will read will clearly highlight the person to blame.

What Causes Road Rage? 

Statistics have proven that most road rage cases involve young men, under the age of 35. However, anyone can experience road rage. Your emotions are highly sensitive to your mental assumptions. Some other road rage triggering factors include stress that the person is experiencing and a feeling that another driver is encroaching upon your territory.

How Can Road Rage Effect You? 

When you engage in road rage it can impact your life in several ways. You can experience emotional and physical problems, such as anger and high blood pressure. If your road rage is severe, you may face criminal charges. In most cases, road rage involves an obscene gesture or shouting. This can still create problems with anger and aggression and if charged with a crime, you may face anger management classes.

How to Overcome Road Rage?

In order to successfully overcome road rage you must commit yourself to a method of self-improvement, which will help you control and manage aggressive behavior. You need to avoid angering other drivers by driving the speed limit and using turn signals. Also, avoid gesturing at other drivers, in any way. Put distance to other drivers who are experiencing road rage. Empathize with other drivers who may be exhibiting aggressive behaviour. Other tips for managing this problem can be found by reading road rage articles.

You cannot control other driver’s behaviors. However, you can control how you react to the behaviors of others. Staying informed with road rage articles can help you understand the effects of this on the victim as well as the consequences that you may face. There is no quick fix for road rage, but it requires you to be accountable for your actions.

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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