Reducing Road Rage

It's likely that most of us experience road rage at some point or another, whether it's us shouting at the driving errors of others, or being 'signalled' by an irate motorist, road rage happens a lot. We wanted to know which cities were the angriest on the roads and if there was anything we could do as drivers, to help prevent road rage.


The UK's Angriest Drivers

Road rage occurs across the country and drivers in some of the UK's largest cities have been surveyed to understand where the angriest drivers are. A recent study by the Telegraph questioned drivers on how regularly they felt angry behind the wheel. The calmest city with just 16% of drivers regularly feeling angry was Liverpool. You may have some preconceptions about London being number 1 angriest based on the complex road networks and densely populated nature, but in actual fact, Glasgow topped the list with 35% regularly feeling angry. Sheffield held the second spot, and London surprisingly sat further down the list in seventh.


Reducing Road Rage

There are a number of steps we can take to help prevent road rage, and create the right environment for a relatively stress-free drive. Take a look at our top tips to reduce driving related anger.


Sleep

Sleep is very important, although understandably not whilst driving. Lack of sleep makes most of us cranky, restless and more prone to feelings of annoyance. Keep on top of your sleep and benefit from a more relaxed commute.


Planning

Like most things, we dislike hurdles (unless you're an athlete). Potential problems and unforeseen circumstances create an environment of uncertainty, and with certain commitments pending, roadworks, accidents and delays almost always promotes a growing feeling of anger. Plan ahead, leave early and check the roads before you leave.


Don't use your car to blow off steam

For some people, it's easy to drive off when things aren't going your way, be it your boss or partner. Driving off to blow off steam isn't a great idea, as your putting yourself in that road rage mindset before you even start the engine. Try walking instead, and save the throttle for the weekend.


Consider your music

It's been long argued that 'aggressive' music promotes aggressive driving. Try listening to more relaxing music or even some comedy when driving to help disrupt the rage-filled environment aggressive driving loves.


Breath

Sometimes it's hard to spot the signs of impending road rage. If you notice yourself clenching the steering wheel or getting agitated, take a moment and breath. Stop the car in a safe place, and take a breather. Use the cruise control to help reduce the burden, and make sure your windscreen is clean as dirty windscreens can promote unnecessary stress.


Consider the circumstances

When driving, it's easy to think that the other driver that's just cut you up, has done it in some way to spite you. Instead of entering into a road based game of tag, think about the 101 other reasons that driver may have done that. The other driver may have a screaming child in the car, a loose pet or even a wasp flying around. The point is, take the target off your back and think it may not be about you.


Remove the delusion of a protective bubble

If someone cuts in the line of a restaurant, it's less likely that you'd react to the situation other than the very British 'tut'. However, when we're in our cars, we somehow think we're protected and safe. That isolation is enough to promote an onslaught of rage, instead of how you'd react in a queue. Think queue.

Added: 22 September 2016