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Dented carHeavy traffic and road construction can easily trigger irritation and anger while driving, but giving into road rage can have damaging effects. Aggressive driving behaviors contribute to a significant number of car accidents, some of which may even result in loss of life.

Because road rage leads to risky behavior, you may get slapped with an SR-22 auto insurance requirement if you’re caught displaying signs of aggression on the road. But rather than being caught in a dangerous situation and facing higher insurance expenses, you can take steps to reduce the effects of road rage. Try some of the following tips.

Plan Ahead

Many people experience anxiety when they’re running late, which can lead to aggressive driving. You can help prevent this by planning to leave 10 minutes earlier than usual, so you have a cushion of extra time in case you run into traffic or need to stop for gas. If you do wind up running behind schedule, call ahead to wherever you’re headed to give them a heads up. This may help relieve some anxiety and help you reach your destination safely.

Get Enough Sleep

Drowsiness can make people quick to anger. Getting a full night of sleep can help improve your mood, especially during morning commutes. If you need an extra pick-me-up before hitting the road, try some coffee and/or jumping jacks to wake up your body.

Keep Your Mind Busy

While it’s important to pay attention to the road, keeping your mind busy helps remove your focus from drivers who may be irritating you. Try some music, a podcast or an audiobook. This tactic keeps your eyes available to watch your surroundings, but gives you something else to concentrate on simultaneously.

Breathe and Relax

Taking deep, controlled breaths physically forces your body to relax. Doing some breathing exercises when you feel tension start to build up can help you calm back down before the situation becomes dangerous. Loosening your grip on the steering wheel can also help keep you mellower.

Your safety is our priority. Call Peachstate Insurance at (877) 997-2478 for more information on Savannah GA auto insurance.

What other techniques do you use to reduce road rage? Let us know in the comments section below.

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