Not a year goes by without a single, outrageous case of road rage making it to the headlines. These days, such incidents also trend on social media, with netizens conducting their own trial (usually by bashing the culprit).
But for now, let's stop casting stones and fight road rage together. Because admit it: You once honked your horn unnecessarily. You once cursed endlessly because of a reckless driver. And you once loathed a traffic enforcer. Do remember that in addition to a person's daily anxiety sources, there exist constant stressors, the monstrous traffic jam among them.
So, how can you keep your cool while you're behind the wheel? We asked the Top Gear Philippines editors to share their most effective road-rage prevention tips:
"Stick a photo of your family—especially kids, if you're a parent—to the sun visor. Look at the photo every time you get the urge to curse at another motorist. You'll be reminded that life is still beautiful in spite of stupid drivers that occasionally get in your way."
- Vernon B. Sarne, Editor-In-Chief
"EQ and self-control are mental muscles you need to strengthen. Work out every day, and you'll be a better person as you grow older."
- Dinzo Tabamo, Online Associate Editor
"Let every effing annoying thing go. I make up my own excuses for the driver, even though I have no means of verifying them. The classic imaginary excuse is that they have to rush to the bathroom. And when I can't think of any, I will then justify my urge to sing Frozen's 'Let It Go.'"
- Tracy Carpena, Online Managing Editor
"I usually get upset when a driver turns left or right without using his signal lights. I just think about the time and energy I'll waste if I get angry. So I just let it pass. Just remember that these annoying motorists are also taxpayers, so like you, they're entitled to use the road."
- Raynand Olarte, Art Director
"Never rush to where you are going. If drivers around me are jerks, I just keep calm and place myself above it all. I assume other drivers are crazy and capable of extreme violence, so I keep my distance. It isn't worth it to get into a fight."
- Paulo Rafael Subido, Print Associate Editor
"Eat chocolates to take your mind off the stressful situation."
Stephanie Maureen Asi, Print Managing Editor
"It's irritating as there are only a few courteous drivers, but you have to think of the bigger picture. Get into an argument, and then what? - Jason dela Cruz, Test Drive Editor
For more tips on how you can prevent road rage, go to TopGear.com.ph.