Everyone has had moments when they get frustrated while driving. It’s inevitable. Truck drivers are under a lot of stress and an aggressive or poor driver may just be enough to send them over the edge. If you are a professional driver, it is important that you play the part. Learning how to deal with road rage should be on every truck driver’s training list. Flipping someone the bird, cussing, throwing your arms around, speeding up close to the offender, flipping your lights on and off, and repeatedly honking your horn are some examples of unprofessional and ill-productive ways of dealing with driving-related anger. Read further to learn about some healthy ways to manage these strong emotions.
Aggressive Drivers and Road Rage:
We have all come across them at some point. Impatient and distracted, these drivers aren’t afraid to honk, speed, tailgate, rapidly change lanes, and cut people off. Truckers will inevitably come across a few of these people, which seem to be in such a hurry that they are willing to risk everyone’s lives, including their own. How you react to these drivers is extremely important. First of all, don’t escalate the situation by reacting to their rude behavior.
As the professional, one of your main concerns should always be safety. Always try to steer clear of potential dangers. For instance, if an impatient driver is honking behind you, try to safely merge into another lane and let them pass you. Don’t be distracted by their outlandish behavior. Keep your eyes on the road and be as courteous a driver as possible.
“Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”-Buddha
Let it Go:
One of the best ways to remain in control of your emotions is to refuse to take run-ins with rude individuals personally. Let it roll off of you like water off of a duck’s back. Simply don’t accept their insults as truth and move on with your day. Spending too much time focusing on the negatives, like traffic jams or the person who cut you off a mile back, will only ruin the remainder of your day. Truckers will encounter frustrating situations all the time that are totally out of their control. Instead, think happy thoughts, listen to the radio or an e-book, and do your best to be the safest driver on the road.
Every time you decide that you are angry, you’re choosing to dedicate energy towards the situation. Most people experience road rage because they feel disrespected, embarrassed, or disappointed. Don’t waste your energy cussing out a driver in the car in front of you. If they are actually being a danger to other drivers on the road, report them. Try to avoid being an individual that is solely controlled by their emotions. If the situation won’t matter in a week, or even a day, just move on and refocus your energies.
Time to Decompress:
Even though your daily schedule may seem crazy, it is important that you try to find a little time for yourself each day. Be sure that you are getting enough rest, eating healthy, and taking time to do something that you enjoy. Giving yourself a little TLC will put you in a better mood and you will find yourself feeling more patient and optimistic. Running yourself too thin will make it more likely that you’ll have an emotional breakdown when the opportunity arises. Feeling well rested can have a huge impact on how you handle anger while driving.
Defensive driving is essential! This means that you are alert and taking extra precautions to avoid accidents and other potential dangers. Being a defensive driver will not only keep you safer, but may also save the lives of others that are sharing the roads with you. Since a truck can’t stop on a dime, drivers need to look up the road to see if there are any potential dangers. Anticipate mistakes and plan for them. Maintain proper distances at all times and be ready to react to unexpected occurrences.
At the end of the day, truck drivers need to learn how to properly deal with rage while on the road. Most people react to their negative emotions by acting out, but drivers need to hold themselves to a higher standard. By taking a few deep breaths and focusing on safety, drivers can carefully navigate their anger and come out on top.
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