Agitated and aggressive driving is a major problem on U.S. roads. It can be particularly problematic when there is heavy traffic, such as during rush hour or on a holiday weekend.
While a few drivers take it to extremes, many experience lesser bouts of it. They go heavy on the horn, close a gap so a driver can’t squeeze in or do other such things that are not conducive to safe driving. Things they probably wouldn’t do if they were feeling calmer.
What can you do to calm yourself if you realize you are getting agitated?
This simple relaxation technique works, and it is safe to do at the wheel. You can also try counting to ten every time you notice you are about to react badly to something.
Change the music
Listening to a phone-in chat show where people are ranting about their latest gripe won’t help your mood. Fast-tempo music won’t help you calm down, either. Find something more chilled and slower.
While you may figure you do not have time to stop, crashing because you are too agitated to make good decisions will delay your journey much more. Find a safe place, get out of the car and walk off whatever is bugging you.
Too much caffeine can put people on edge. If you struggle to stay calm while driving, consider reducing your caffeine intake
What if an aggressive or agitated driver hits you?
In this case, you will need legal help to show how they caused the crash. If you can also show that you were calm at the time, it will increase your chances of getting the compensation you need.