Road rage incidents can be dangerous, expensive, and harmful to your company’s reputation. Share these tips with your drivers to help them avoid the situations—and emotional responses—that can trigger road rage.
Considering the hours you spend on the road, it’s inevitable that you’ll end up in tense situations. Congested roads, confusing routes, road construction, and distracted drivers can all play a role in causing frustration and even anger.
Keep in mind that road rage incidents don’t only occur in stop-and-go traffic. While rush hour gridlocks can be annoying and inconvenient, road rage incidents actually peak just before rush hour, when traffic is moving quickly and swift lane changes are more frequent. It’s times like these when staying alert and keeping your cool can help keep you and the drivers around you safe.
FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL
Defusing tense situations often comes down to managing your response to others—and keeping yourself from becoming the object of someone else’s anger. Practice safe driving habits, and follow these tips:
Be aware of the traffic around you, and learn to anticipate other drivers’ actions. For example, if you notice another driver maneuvering erratically or aggressively, give them a wide berth.
Focus on the road—not your cellphone, radio, or passengers.
Try to avoid congested areas during rush hour.
Minimize the amount of noise in the vehicle, including loud music and conversation.
If you make a mistake, such as cutting another driver off, try to apologize through actions or gestures—as long as it’s safe to do so.
PRACTICE HEALTHY HABITS
Your mood is directly impacted by how you take care of your body. When you’re in a good place physically, you’re more likely to keep your cool—helping you drive safely and avoid provoking others. Adopt these habits to maintain your overall health and keep yourself from becoming exasperated, fatigued, or unfocused:
Plan your rest breaks strategically.
Eat balanced, energizing meals.
Manage your caffeine intake - the right amount can help you stay alert, but too much can leave you jittery and anxious
Avoid fast food and salty and sugary snacks that can lead to drastic swings in your blood chemistry, which can affect your mood.