A loss of intelligence, a loss of accountability and loss of respect and that’s a recipe on the road that cooks up rage. We all have encountered road rages somewhere or the other and we very well know how it can escalate quickly. An inappropriate gesture can lead to a fight which no one can solve. We see on YouTube trending sometimes these types of videos. What exactly is road rage and how one can handle it if they ever find themselves involved in one?
Road rage is a situation caused by the rude and inappropriate behavior of the driver of one or more motor vehicle. It may include verbal cursing, intentionally driving wrong just to piss off other people or feel cool and creating danger on roads. It could be understood as the peak point of the aggressive driving of any individual. Cursing and getting in verbal arguments on roads and indulging in a fight can lead to injuries and even death, even of innocent individuals. The anger or psychology people feel behind the wheel can influence someone to kill over it. Sometimes the anger is displayed by other things that are going on in our mind, may it be home or workplace or anywhere we go and that visit doesn’t go well.
Let’s look at some reasons why people get involved in road rage. One reason can be that people take it personally. When someone cuts us off or even if they are driving slow, we tend to think or form a mindset that they are doing that against us. We think that person is willingly trying to shake our mood off and piss us off. This ‘taking-it-personally’ behavior can lead to a situation which could have been avoided. By reacting to such situations we shake our mood more and blame others for it. Another reason which is most probably with many is that they were already upset. Most of the people on road have ‘not-so-well-going’ personal or professional life which tends to make them either upset or frustrated and those two emotions are the cause of anger which is common in road rage cases. Something set you off before you even got behind that wheel. Also, running late is also the cause of recent road rage activities and cases. When time is running low, people make fast actions to catch up with time and in this, they forget the safety of themselves and others who are on the road. Many road rage causes are related to stress or time-related factors.
There are some points we can take we ever find ourselves in road rage. First thing first, don’t make eye contact. Stare ahead, don’t engage. Engaging will only make the situation go wrong and nobody knows what other person has in the car which could lead to a much higher form of damage. Another thing to keep in mind is to never approach the window. Road rage occurs in diverse forms which determine the consequential effects. Also, don’t just be the teacher at that point and tell other person or persons to follow all kind of rules. Getting home safe is important than teaching a stranger.
Some simple tips can also include listening to music that calms you. Music distracts you and calm music just lets you keep your temper low. Another tip can be to think that all hell could break loose if you get into and act on rage. Sometimes, the fault is not ours and the solution for which could be dash cams. Cameras can be installed in your car or any motor vehicle nowadays. Video recording can be a vital piece of evidence if you didn’t do anything and the other person just claim your fault. If you find yourself in road rage and you are heading home then doesn’t lead them to your home by going there because who knows who is following you. Take routes that you know or go to nearest law enforcement centre like a police station or even populated area which could give you a little more protection.
Bottom-line is the madder we get, the dumber we act. When people get angry they lose a major part of their intelligence. One advice can be when you are angry, wait till you calm down and then start driving. Also, make it a habit not to leave just at the minute. Plan the drive beforehand. Sometimes, the common denominator is you. I know that rude to say but it’s true. You are in control of your emotions. So, don’t let anybody piss you off and swing your mood.