A new survey puiblished by CareerBuilder.com confirms what we have suspected for a long time: most commuters admit to experiencing road rage while traveling to and from work.
This may include yelling, horn-honking, and hand gestures which give your estimation of the IQ of the other driver!
The survey, based on more than 2200 workers from June 6th-June 16th, 2006, showed that 59% of workers said they had road rage during their commute.
This frustration and anger obviously sets a negative tone for the work day and causes 20% of workers to say that they would take a job with a pay cut in exchange for a shorter distance between their home and their workplace.
Rather than arriving at your workplace upset and stessed, try the following tactics to reduce your angry feelings:
1. Give yourself more commute time. Leaving 15 minutes earlier can save a lot of stress.
2. Ignore bad drivers on the road. You may become upset because of your expectations of the drivers – try to accept that some people are just bad, rude, or inconsiderate drivers.
3. Don’t take bad driving by others personally. It has nothing to do with you as a person.
4. Try to shift your attention elsewhere. Listen to music or to talk radio.