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31 January 2012

How not to lose it in the traffic

Are you a candidate for road rage? A South African study has shown that drivers get the most outraged at taxi drivers.

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Are you a candidate for road rage? A South African study has shown that drivers get the most outraged at taxi drivers. And that peak hour and holiday seasons are also times when drivers are more aggressive. But these things are hard to avoid. So what can you do calm your rush-hour nerves?

Take action:
Allow for traffic problems on the way to appointments; have a solid breakfast or mid-afternoon snack before you face the rush-hour traffic – when blood sugar levels fall, it can lead to irritability; play soothing music; remember that getting to an appointment or to work is not a competition with other drivers; make sure you are alert, especially in slow-moving traffic; reduce the exhaust fumes you inhale by recirculating the air in your car; remind yourself that being agitated makes you a lot more accident-prone.

 

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