Being a truck driver is hard work. You have to pay much closer attention to the road conditions, you have to accommodate for unprepared drivers, you have to maintain logs… And, not to mention, you’re usually doing all of this as you sleep in the cab away from your family. Being a truck driver is a challenge. One that many people would never even consider. But, because of that, most people never learn how to drive around tractor trailers. In short, a lot of people are just plain inconsiderate of trucks, and the people behind the wheel. So, it’s pretty easy to feel a little road rage because of those around you.
But, because of your vehicle, you don’t have the same luxury of making those passive aggressive moves that your counterparts do so often. So, how do you keep cool? And how do you maintain road rage when it feels like too much to handle?
Managing Road Rage: Why You Should Cool Your Jets Around Dumb Drivers
First things first, wasting your energy being angry is a huge distraction from the road way. You’re likely taking your eyes off the road ahead to give them a glare, and in doing so— you put yourself and others at risk. You can be angry, but keep your windows up and your eyes forward. I know that’s not what you want to hear— but you and I both know that wasting your energy being angry is tiring and takes your focus off of potential roadway hazards.
As we said, wasting your energy being upset at that driver who cut you off is exhausting. Driving a tractor trailer is already exhausting. You’re sleeping conditions are pretty rough, you’re driving in all odd hours of the day and night, and you’re conquering hundreds and thousands of miles. Your job could text the patience and will of any old everyday Joe. But, taking that anger out on an ignorant driver will only cause more of a headache in the long run, considering you have ten more factors than they do to consider while driving.
So, how can I fight it?
There are always going to be ill-points. There are for any driver, and you’re human. But, the problem is, you have a lot more at stake than a typical driver. No one wants to get into an accident, but it does happen every day. A minor fender bender is a headache, and a lot to deal with— but ultimately, everyone typically walks away in the end. Unfortunately, you don’t have the same luxury at your fingertips. Instead, you’ve got tons of cargo and heavy metal that keeps you from being able to retaliate in any way whatsoever.
So, laugh it off and turn on some upbeat music
Maybe grab a coffee while you’re at it. The best thing you can do is find ways to stay calm and collected. The best driver of any sort is one that can adjust to road conditions, and let the little things go. Find what gives you that inner peace and tap into it. But don’t ‘zen out’ too hard— we need you buddy. Pull over and take a nap, find that happy music, or make up songs about the driver. Do what you’ve gotta do to shake it off and move forward. Managing road rage is tough, but you’ve got this.