Being angry on the road is bad enough when you are driving a small car, but when driving a big truck, you need to be even more cautious. You can’t afford to get mad and lightly tap the car in front of you to try and prove a point. People’s lives are on the line as well as your job, so it is best to remain calm. This can be difficult when you are constantly on the road and dealing with traffic all day long. Here are some tips to help you prevent road rage.
Get Some Sleep
Lack of sleep is the root of a multitude of problems, including road rage. We all know how cranky we can be when we didn’t get enough sleep the night before. No matter what, always try to get the full eight hours of sleep before embarking on one of your long trucking journeys. Being tired and having to be on the road for hours at a time is not a good mix.
Change The Station
Aggressive music may be good to help you stay awake, but it can also lead to more aggression in general. If you feel yourself getting worked up behind the wheel, it may be a good idea to change your music to something more relaxing versus that song that may be contributing to your anger. Classical and jazz music have been known to reduce stress. You could even listen to a podcast or an e-book to ease your mind from the never-ending traffic and lessen your road rage.
It’s Not Personal
Most times, the people in other cars are not driving with the sole purpose of angering you. If somebody cuts you off or keeps on braking suddenly, remember that it isn’t personal. They could simply have not been paying attention and made a mistake on the road. It happens to the best of us. So, when you feel yourself getting angry over the way someone is driving around you, just remember that It has nothing to do with you and that you have likely made that mistake before.
One way to help you manage your road rage is to try and use the same mannerisms that you would if you were in a restaurant or any public place. A lot of times, we feel safer inside of our cars because people don’t have easy access to us. Most people aren’t willing to damage their cars to get revenge on others, so it’s not likely that anyone will try to start a fight with you on the road, making people bolder. When other drivers are doing things that upset you, act as you would in a restaurant. You aren’t likely to become abusive to someone if they cut you off in a public place, so don’t do it in your truck.
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