Breathe. When you feel yourself starting to get angry or frustrated at other drivers, take a deep breath. Focusing on your breathing can bring your attention inward and make frustrations seem more removed, without taking your focus too far from the road.
Listen. Put on an audiobook or some music. Music can help to calm you down or better your mood when you feel that road rage start to come on and audiobooks can provide a great distraction and get you back on track for an enjoyable trip.
Relax. Practice some relaxation techniques and let your frustration go. Such techniques can help you quickly release tension and frustration, allowing you to both physically and mentally relax.
Play. Distract yourself by engaging everyone in the car in a fun game such as the ABC game where you look for each letter of the alphabet on the trip or look to find all 50 states in the license plates you are passing.
Plan. Manage your time and plan ahead. Make sure to map out your route and leave to avoid high traffic times. Pack snacks and activities for everyone in the car and plan adequate restroom breaks. A little bit of preplanning ahead of time can save you some sanity later on.
We all know road rage can get the best of us and it can be difficult to control.
But by doing your best to control your own emotions, you are making the road safer for everyone involved.