Being overly emotional while behind the wheel of a vehicle is almost always a bad thing. It doesn’t matter if you are thrilled, furious or deeply depressed. Either way, the emotions will take your attention off the road and leave you open to making serious mistakes. According to experts, emotional driving can be more dangerous than driving while on a cell phone.
Driving while emotional can present any or all of the following consequences:
- Excess thinking and less focus on the road ahead of you
- A feeling of hurry or being rushed, which causes speeding and excess risk taking
- Aggressive driving and speeding
Avoid Emotional Driving
No matter what that emotion is that’s taking over, take a bit of time to relax before you hop behind the wheel. Slow down, take some deep breaths, walk around, grab a bite to eat. Do whatever it takes to calm down a bit and become more centered.
Only after you feel calmer and in control should you hop behind the wheel and get going down the road. Taking just a few minutes to relax and breathe could be all it takes to get yourself under control and avoid a potential accident.
Handling Road Rage
Road rage is really common today, and it’s one of the leading causes of accidents as well. Too many drivers take things personally and become angry when they believe another driver has maneuvered improperly or,worse yet, slighted them in some way.
If you become angry or annoyed at another driver, take a deep breath and take a moment to evaluate the situation. Chances are good that the driver isn’t intentionally slighting you, or trying to irritate you. The driver simply made a mistake and might not even realize they did anything wrong. Think about how you would react if you were friends with the person. It’s also a good idea to slow down and put some distance between you and the other driver to help you get them out of your mind.
If you did something to irritate another driver, do whatever you can to help them calm down. Try to smile and wave in apology. Simply acknowledging that you made a mistake while out on the road is enough to help calm most drivers. Avoid angry drivers at all costs and do what you can to diffuse any serious situations that result from road rage.
Road rage causes thousands of accidents each year, mostly because it causes drivers to behave aggressively. It’s important that you do what you can to avoid this problem, and to help other drivers avoid rage as well.
Do your best to follow the rules of the road, and to keep emotion out of driving as best you can. The more emotional you become, the more danger you and your family face while driving. Relax and remain neutral while driving and everyone will be safer for it.