Four quick tips for avoiding Road Rage
We can all admit to having a little road rage every now and then. Some of us more than others. Road rage is something that with a little thought we can all avoid or reduce drastically. In my anger management classes when covering topics such as stress management and other coping skills, we discuss things that contribute to road rage and what are some simple and practical ways to reduce or avoid it altogether. Some people say the anger and rage usually hits when they are running late, are in traffic, or have a long commute. Can you relate to any of these? One regular student, who continues to attend class after a year, once reported feeling so scared when he realized what he was capable of when road rage took over. Since then he’s not only learned to relax and manage his anger, but has taken some advice to avoid being put in those situations. Here are 4 tips to help if you do the same.
1. Give yourself a little extra time – Leaving the house just a few minutes early can prevent you from blaming everyone on the road for your lateness. Simple things can help you do this such as packing your lunch the night before, ironing or laying out your clothes the night before and setting your alarm a few minutes earlier.
2. Plan what you listen to – Whether it’s your favorite music station, CD, or talk radio station, put on something you actually like. This will help keep you entertained and in a better mood. Before you know it, you’re there!
3. See if flexible work arrangements are a possibility – It won’t hurt to ask your boss if you can come in a little later or earlier to avoid peak traffic hours. Most people, especially in Los Angeles, are well aware of the stress of traffic and long commutes. You’d be surprised how many bosses might be willing to cut you some slack in exchange for a less irritable employee. I’ve even heard of some people requesting one day a week to work from home if reports and other paperwork can still be turned in via email.
4. Consider public transportation – We don’t pay much attention to public transportation in Los Angeles. But although not perfected, it is out there and can be accessed with a little effort. The benefits far outweigh the headache of getting into the habit of taking the bus or train. How nice to sit back and relax, read, or get a head on some work. Not to mention, saving money on gas. It’s definitely worth looking into.
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