Do you suffer from Road Rage?

1. I find driving to be:

  1. fun and relaxing
  2. relaxing when I’m alone on the road, but nerve wracking in city traffic
  3. challenging, but dangerous
  4. a good place where I can really let loose and express myself
  5. a place where I show the rest of the world what a bunch of incompetents they are

2. My driving skills are:

  1. good
  2. great
  3. better than most on the road
  4. superior
  5. I am the best; no one comes close to my skill

3. You are driving down the road going your usual speed when you spot a woman putting on her makeup. Do you:

  1. laugh and continue on your way
  2. drive by and give her a dirty look
  3. speed past her and yell “Forget it; It won’t help”
  4. speed past give her the finger, yell obscenities
  5. same as ‘d’ but also cut in front of her and slam on the brakes

We often joke about Road Rage, but it is a serious problem. Road Rage can result in collisions, assault, altercations, injuries and even death. If people drive responsibly, they can help make our roads safer from road rage. Here are a few tips to help you combat the signs of road rage…

  • Leave your problems at home or at work; don’t let them consume you while you’re driving.
  • Plan your route ahead of time so there is little frustration with directions.
  • Make several stops to re-focus on long drives.
  • Be courteous in busy intersections.
  • Don’t get mad or retaliate towards other driver’s mistakes.

Be safe out there…and remember, if you think you’re being followed, don’t drive home – go to the nearest Police station or busy public place.

(Copyright: Staying in Touch 2010 – Volume Twenty, Number One)

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