Stay Calm and Drive On
Tips to keep you calm while driving
- Avoid angering others. Drive the speed limit, use turn signals, obey traffic signs and signals, and yield whenever possible. Don't gesture at other drivers, not even a headshake.
- Get away from drivers who are angry or driving badly. Don't stare, glare, honk, or retaliate -- that fuels the fire. Instead, put distance between yourself and that driver. If he or she becomes truly threatening, drive to a police station or crowded public place.
- Manage your own anger by empathizing with the other driver (assume he or she is having a hard day or made an honest mistake), leaving for your destination early (so you're not stressed by being late), and using deep breathing or soothing music to relax.
- Remember that you can't control other drivers. You can only control your reactions to them.
- Leave some buffer time
- You’ll be less stressed out when you hit a bump in the road if you’ve left plenty of bumper time between meetings/appointments
- Play your favorite radio station or tunes
- Have some relaxing songs on standby if you start to feel your emotions boiling up
Drive Kind, Ride Kind
DriveKind RideKind was jointly developed by Please BE KIND to Cyclists (Please BE KIND) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to promote safe driving practices by motorists as they share Texas roads with vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians: www.drivekindridekind.org.