Driving in Lagos can be very stressful and frustrating. Hence, road rage is a regular occurrence on the road. You see drivers going berzerk at the slightest provocation and frankly, this could work you out even more than the traffic you should focus on. Hence, you need to get your road rage under control so that you will have a good day. Here’s our recommendation:
Focus on your own driving
Use your signals, avoid tailgating, and don’t text and drive. Basically, don’t feel entitled to do what you want just because you’re in a rush. If there’s one thing you can control, it’s your own driving. Let other people be and do your thing.
Think about how you react
While you can’t predict when someone will cut you off while driving, you can train your reactions. Whether you’re a yeller or horn-slammer, these physical manifestations of anger all stem from sensing a breach of territory. People use the vehicle, either intentionally or mindlessly, to punish or communicate to another driver that they feel violated. So, do not respond or react to them. Just go your way.
Leave super early
If you frequently find yourself angry at unexpected traffic delays or at other motorists for slowing you down, perhaps you should wake up and leave earlier to allow for extra drive time.
People are, by nature, selfish drivers. You’re thinking about where you have to go and the fastest way to get there. But, if you changed perspectives to be more sympathetic of other drivers’ situations — maybe they’re late for a flight, have a family emergency — you would be a little more forgiving and not as quick to yell curses.
If you struggle with road rage, chances are you struggle with controlling your anger in other areas of life as well. So, get help by seeing a doctor ASAP.
By Damilola Faustino
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