Everybody knows what “Road Rage” is. Any hostile, thoughtless, wreckless or otherwise dysfunctional act while driving is usually labeled road rage by anyone else on the road. Yeah, everyone knows about road rage - and everybody assumes it’s always the other guy/gal who is guilty.
Take a step back and look at your own driving habits for a minute.
Do you constantly switch lanes in an effort to get ahead of all the ”slow pokes” on the road?
Do you “push” the drivers in front of you to “encourage” them to drive faster than the ten miles an hour over the speed limit they are already driving?
Do you pass around drivers in the left lane and then pull back in front of them, while tapping your brakes to let them know they are driving too slowly for your tastes and are a nuisance on the road - and really don’t belong in the left lane to begin with?
Do you make eye contact with other drivers who are displaying less than stellar driving behavior in an effort to “glare them down” so they see your displeasure?
Do you use obscene hand gestures (you know what I mean) to escalate an annoying occurrence into a potentially violent or hostile exchange?
I could go on, but why bother? We all know about road rage. It’s time to take a step back and see where any one of us might fit into the equation.
The roads and highways of our world have never been as overcrowded as they are today. Everyone is going somewhere. Many different types of vehicles are legal, road-worthy means of transportation. Drivers of these vehicles come in a wide range of skills, abilities, driving experience and levels of personal aggressiveness.
NEWS FLASH - Not everyone is going to fit your description of a good driver.
You, on the other hand, must do everything in your power to make yourself a stellar driver. It is your responsibility to “watch out for the other guy/gal” in an effort to avoid dangerous situations and tragic accidents. It is up to you to be a better example of what a good driver looks like.
Retaliation is not safe driving just because “he/she started it.” It is not your job to teach other drivers how to drive by cutting them off, shaking your fist (or other appendages) at them to show your displeasure in their driving.
The only driver you can control - or should control - is the one sitting in your driver’s seat - YOU.
You have a chance to make the highways safer, friendlier and more sane by your own driving behavior.
If you use that power for good instead of evil, you can be a changing force in the ever-rising tide of anger and aggression that sometimes seems to dominate our roadways in life