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4 ways to stay calm when driving

On Behalf of | Jan 20, 2023 | Personal Injury |

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?

Breathe deeply

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.

Pull over

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.

Reduce caffeine

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.