We all have experience of driving on today's roads and the frustrations that come with it. How do our emotions affect the way that we behave behind the wheel? How many times today have you called out in the privacy of your vehicle "Idiot, what are you playing at?" Do we ever consider why another driver is behaving in a particular way, or just put it down to poor driving skills? Or, do we attach emotions to the behaviour, without actually knowing what these emotions are?
Our thoughts/beliefs, feelings/emotions and behaviour are inextricably linked. As human beings we cannot function without all of these elements and change to one of these elements will affect the others.
We already know that how we are feeling can change our behaviour behind the wheel and our emotions can sometimes make us behave totally 'out of character'. If we have had an argument with someone this may make us more aggressive on the road, leading to tailgating, speeding, going for unsuitable gaps and not being as courteous as we would normally be. If we have just had some great news, this too could cause us problems, being too courteous, not making progress, speeding etc. One thing that these emotions have on all of us is that they can be distracting and make us behave in a way that not only has an effect on the way that we drive but also others on the road.
The first step for us is to recognise our own emotions, and how they make us act behind the wheel, and then to be aware that they will make other drivers act in very a similar way.
So the next time someone 'cuts you up', is tailgating you, pulls out in front of you or holds you up, consider not just the behaviour, but also what may be going on in their lives at the moment which may have causing this behaviour, try to hold back the judgement. Don't take it personally, it may have nothing to do with you!!
Drive safe! Be chilled :-)