With the poor state of our current transport system, it’s difficult to keep your cool on the streets. Being cut off and honked at continuously is enough to make anyone triggered. In times of high stress, our emotions could easily get the best of us and cloud our judgement. Don’t let frustrations escalate into road rage.
Learn how to avoid more mess, starting with yourself.
Make Sure You’re Well-Rested
It’s important that you get a proper amount of sleep before getting behind that wheel. If you insist on driving while tired, not only is there a high risk of you nodding off, but also getting into serious confrontation on the road, which can easily escalate. Almost everyone’s a little bit cranky and not in the mood when lacking sleep. Get a maximum of eight hours and chances you’ll be a little bit more patient and calmer to take on the challenges of the road.
Skip the Morning Rush, Plan Ahead
If you hit snooze on the regular, chances are you’re always running late. Try to give yourself ample time to get to where you’re going. You may opt to wake up extra early so you can finish all your routines before stepping outside, or you can always prepare everything the night before: fix your bag, plan your outfit, prep your kids’ lunches, etc.
Always add extra minutes to your expected travel time to make way for external factors that may affect your commute like traffic, stopping for gas, avoiding construction, etc. Moreover, if you know you’re late, don’t try to drive faster, because there’s nothing you can do at that point. It’s better to be safe and late, than in an accident.
Driving in the Philippines means you’ll spend countless hours stuck in heavy traffic. It’s the reality. With this, always assume that most people are in a sour mood already and their patience is wearing thin by the minute, so refrain from doing anything aggressive that will only add fuel to the fire. Maintain the proper speed and observe adequate space for lane changes. If a motorist is tailgating you, move over and let them go. Remember: It isn’t worth causing an accident or serious injury, just to prove you’re right. If you expect disciplined driving from others, start with yourself.
Go Easy On the Horn
Your vehicle’s horn should only be used when necessary and not just because you want to make noise and express annoyance to another motorist. If you can help it, don’t show displeasure to other drivers, minimizing the risk of getting into an altercation or road rage accident. No matter how many times you press your horn, it will not make traffic go faster, so best to have your hands useful on the wheel or gear stick. Listen to music or even meditate to calm yourself.
Don’t Take It Personally
Don’t always assume that the other driver’s anger is directed towards you, as more often than not, it’s probably just the traffic. If you find yourself gripping the steering wheel a little bit harder, breathe and use good judgement. Develop the willpower to choose not to indulge in negative behavior and you’ll be safe.