A significant portion of the logistics industry is rooted in asphalt, and ‘road rage’ is just not welcome.
Let’s face it. When out on the road, there are times when many motorists can feel frustrated. Recent Gallup poll statistics show that nearly 9 out of 10 UK drivers have experienced road rage first hand, with around 70% committing the offence and about 80% being victims of it. Us UK folk actually hold the world title for biggest road rage nation. However, it’s a problem seen in most countries. Even the AAA Foundation in the US reports that nearly 56% of fatal crashes happen because of potentially aggressive actions.
The great thing about the logistics industry, is that we are constantly surrounded by a network of professional drivers. Each well versed in the world of transport and the behaviors that come with it. It is always a good idea to be aware of these traits so that when the need arises, we can remember and apply. Here are some top tips from our experts and veterans of the road to stay calm and safe.
If you see it
Now and again, we spot the odd shaking fist, honk or a straight flipping off. Unfortunately in some cases, such gestures are just the first link in a chain of events. As propagators of safety, we do not want an escalation for anyone. Consider the following:
- When switching lanes or following others, give space where necessary and maintain sensible distances.
- Remember: developed spatial awareness is good for yourself and others.
- Use signals to make your intentions clear.
- Apologise when wronging another motorist or pedestrian.
- Let other high energy motorists pass you by.
- Be sure not to make gestures that may be perceived badly.
- If someone seems hostile, don’t engage.
If you feel it
Professor Zhen Yan of State University of New York proved that stress clouds our thinking and impairs our decision making abilities. There is a range of precautions we can take to make our journey on the road as stress-free as possible.
- Tiredness is a killer! This secret remedy is so very underrated… If it is possible, make the time and get your sleep the night before! The health benefits are immense.
- Try to prepare for your day. This could mean laying out your clothes or preparing your lunch the night before. You could even use the morning to check the traffic reports or finalizing after work plans. This will help to remove any unnecessary cumulative stressors.
- If the journey is getting intense; take a break, do some stretches or grab a cup of tea.
- As long as it doesn’t interfere with your job, chewing gum and listening to music have been proven tools to improve moods and decrease stress.
- Unwind after the journey with some deep breathing, calm sounds, meditation, a nice walk or a good book.
If you feel like talking to someone about stress, the Samaritans run a 24 hour help line. Please call 116 123.