While many people understand how things like alcohol and talking on their cell phones can negatively impact their driving, some people do not realize how much emotional driving can also cause driving problems. Emotional driving involves driving while feeling intense emotions, both negative and positive. Driving while feeling these intense emotions cannot always be avoided, but here are a few things you can do drive safer while experiencing strong feelings.
- If another driver has annoyed, upset, or otherwise distracted you from driving, pull off to the side of the road in a safe location. Take a few deep breaths, and calm yourself down. If needed, take a few short walk to calm yourself down. Stay off the road until you have settled down a little.
- If you find feeling rushed is a common problem, make an effort to leave a little earlier. You will be less likely to speed as well as less likely to get as annoyed with drivers who are driving slower than you.
- If you are worried, depressed, or otherwise distracted by an event or a concern in your life, make a conscious effort to not think about it while you are driving. Of course, this can be difficult, but you may find listening to soothing music or making an extra effort to concentrate on driving can help take your mind off your worries.
- No matter how rushed you feel, make sure to obey the law. Do not run stop signs or red lights. Do not attempt to beat the gates or go around them at railroad crossings. Do not allow your emotions to cause you to speed dangerously down the roadway.
- Apologize, at least with a mouthed “sorry,”acknowledging you know you are at fault, if you realize you have done something to anger or annoy another driver.
It is important to understand that emotional driving can lead to road rage. Stay in your vehicle, if you are the victim of road rage. If the offender approaches on foot, keep your windows rolled up and all doors locked. If you feel your life is in danger, call the police or have someone in your vehicle call them. If someone else’s emotional driving or road rage has led to damage to your vehicle and/or bodily injury to you or anyone in your vehicle, contact us. After a free consultation with one of our Columbia car accident attorneys, we can get started on getting you the compensation you deserve.