Bad drivers are everywhere. It’s almost impossible to go out without seeing at least one bad driver. Sometimes, these bad drivers can affect your driving, and sometimes they can affect your mental state. If you run into a bad or angry driver on the road, and you don’t tell yourself the right things, road rage can set in rather quickly.
Road rage is a national epidemic. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, nearly 80% of drivers report feeling angry, aggressive, or violent behind the wheel at least once in the past year. Road rage can lead to dangerous consequences, such as car accidents, fistfights, and even shootings. But it can also just lead to a really bad day where you can’t get over feeling upset about what happened.
Here are some affirmations to use when you encounter a bad driver who is selfish, clueless, not paying attention, or putting other people’s lives at risk.
1. I Am A Safe And Responsible Driver
It would be great if everyone was a safe and responsible driver, but that’s not the case. That doesn’t take away from the fact that we should be safe and responsible on the road to prevent putting our lives and the lives of others at risk.
This affirmation can help you to stay focused on your own driving and avoid getting caught up in the bad driving of others.
It can also help you to avoid responding to aggressive gestures or words from other drivers. Ignoring these provocations can de-escalate the situation and help to keep everyone safe.
By remaining calm and collected, and focusing on being a safe and responsible driver, you can help to reduce the risk of road rage in yourself and in others.
2. I Will Not Let Bad Drivers Ruin My Day
How many times have you had a bad experience with another driver that left you fuming for hours, if not the whole day?
Why let someone else, who is a bad driver, ruin your day? They are not worth it.
This simple affirmation can help you to maintain your composure and avoid getting angry in response to another driver’s bad behavior.
3. Maybe They Are Just Having A Bad Day
It’s also important to avoid making assumptions about other drivers.
For instance, just because someone cuts you off in traffic doesn’t mean they’re a bad person or a terrible driver. They may be trying to get to someone before they pass away, or they may be dealing with a health issue – mental or physical.
Remembering this can help you to stay calm and avoid escalating a situation into a full-blown argument.
4. I Am In Control Of My Emotions
When you encounter a bad driver, take a deep breath and remind yourself that getting angry won’t do any good. Don’t let your emotions control you. Take control of your emotions.
You’ll only end up putting yourself and other drivers at risk if you lose control of your emotions.
Instead, focus on staying calm and keeping your cool. It might not be easy, but it’s the best way to avoid road rage.
5. I Will Not Let Bad Drivers Stress Me Out
There are many things that may stress you out during the day, but a quick encounter with a bad driver should not be one of them.
When you encounter a bad driver, instead of getting angry, tell yourself that you will not let them stress you out.
This simple act of self-awareness can help to diffuse the situation and prevent you from falling into a spiral of anger. In short, by refusing to let other drivers stress you out, you can help to avoid road rage and keep yourself safe.
6. Bad Drivers Are Not Worth My Time Or Energy
Your friends, family, goals, hobbies, and other personal endeavors are worth your time and energy, not bad drivers.
When you encounter a bad driver, tell yourself “they’re not worth my time or energy.” This will help you to stay calm and focused on driving safely.
7. I Am Calm And Relaxed While Driving
Before you let road rage take over, it’s important to remember that getting angry will only make the situation worse. Not only could you end up in a dangerous confrontation with the other driver, but you could also put yourself and others at risk by losing focus on the road.
That’s why it’s important to stay calm and relaxed behind the wheel, even when someone else is doing their best to ruin your day.
One way to do this is to remind yourself that getting angry won’t help anything. Instead, take a few deep breaths and focus on staying safe. After all, there’s no point in getting worked up over something that you can’t control. So next time you find yourself dealing with a bad driver, just tell yourself “I am calm and relaxed while driving” and see how much easier it is to let it go.