Hundreds upon thousands of vehicles are jam packed across the roads and highways that intertwine throughout the country, and rest of the world. With that said, fender benders have become a common occurrence, especially in major cities with growing populations.
There are also times when driving on these busy roads become extremely demanding and stressful. This is the main reason why all drivers are advised to be well rested and relaxed before they drive. Good drivers also must have a responsible attitude while on the road, meaning they should have the highest level of anticipation, observation and concentration. Keep in mind that one’s attitude as a driver influences the safety of others, as well. Selfish, impatient and aggressive drivers tend to pose a risk to others on the road. This includes drivers who speed, run through red lights, cut others off, and so on.
Being an Impatient Driver: How can you avoid it?
While it is a bit impossible for a driver to remain calm and patient while they’re crammed in a heavy traffic-jam, it is important to note ways to minimize one’s level of impatience. Some of the suggestions below can be helpful if you find that you’re becoming an impatient driver.
1. Make sure that you are in a good mood before you drive. Being emotionally distressed may cause you to drive unsafely, since you can expect your attention to be anywhere but the road. It is also important for you to effectively manage your time. This will prevent you from dealing with a lot of pressure in case you have a scheduled meeting and heavy traffic delays you.
2. Think logically while maintaining a calm attitude. This means that even if you meet an extremely irate driver, you should still do everything you can to prevent yourself from reacting lashing out. In fact doing so will also make the situation worse.
3. Avoid jeopardizing your well being and safety by confronting an aggressive or angry driver. If you are confronted by an irresponsible and impatient driver, then it is advisable for you to stay inside your car and remain calm and composed. If you find that you are too upset to driver, make sure you pull over and take a few minutes to breathe before you drive.
How to Deal with Anxiety when Driving?
To avoid any mishaps on the road, you should also learn how to manage anxiety apart from controlling your temper. An anxious driver is someone who experiences an extreme feeling of dread, apprehension and fear towards something without any justifiable reason. If you are an anxious driver, then there is a great tendency that you will experience difficulty in breathing, dizziness, light-headedness and shaking or an extreme fear that you will hit something.
To help you avoid this situation and the many accidents that may occur from being too anxious, make sure that you are comfortable enough in your car before driving. Avoid playing music too loud, so you are not too distracted and you can focus on being safe behind the wheel. If you ever feel that you are simply too anxious to drive, never under estimate the support and love that you’re friends and family can provide to ensure you get the right treatment or training to be a safe driver.