It is said that the ability to wait for something without getting angry or upset is a valuable quality. As a driver, you have no doubt seen plenty of examples of impatience on the road. Some of those include drivers that follow too close, improper lane changing, road rage and more. We may even find that we are, at times, a little impatient, too.
When we are experiencing impatience, research shows it impacts us in a number of ways. It changes our breathing. We may also experience muscle tension, hand clenching, restless feet, anxiety or other symptoms. All of these things can hinder your driving ability.
So, how do we deal with impatience? The key, according to field experts, is finding what triggers it…like rush hour traffic.
We all know impatient drivers are dangerous. Learning to manage our triggers not only makes the road a safer place for everyone, it reduces our stress levels and helps us to make better decisions.
When you find yourself in a situation where your patience are wearing thin, some online tips for managing your triggers include:
*Counting to 10 and taking deep breaths. This will help you to distance yourself and to clear your mind.
*Focus on relaxing your body. Remember you control your reactions.
*Don’t be a perfectionist. While it is important to do your best, the pursuit of perfectionism actually decreases productivity and increases stress.
*Remind yourself that being impatient rarely gets others to move any faster.
*Build your confidence. Often we feel impatient when we think our hands are tied or that we are powerless to do anything. Knowing you can successfully navigate these occurrences will go a long way to reducing your impatience and anxiety.
*Practice being positive. Remember, in the end, it is all in the way you choose to view something. Perspective is everything.
We’ve all witnessed situations on the road, either stuck behind the driver who is going too slow or the driver who is driving dangerously, that tests our resolve. When faced with these situations, remember, patience is a virtue. Practice managing your triggers and your life on the road will be better for it.
As Lao Tzu once said, “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”
About Millis Transfer
Mills Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.