It goes without saying that professional Bay & Bay Transportation truck drivers need to have a certain temperament in order to succeed. Dealing with regular drivers (especially Chicago, IL, drivers) can push even the most level-headed man or woman to frustration. A lack of signal utilization, unnecessary back-ups thanks to texting and silly mistakes, and a whole lot people who have no idea how to behave next to a truck all add up to a big pain in the rear on the daily. Instead of sweating the small stuff, try a few of these calming techniques to make sure that your time on the road stays relaxed and easy… instead of rage inducing.
First and foremost, learn to perfect the art of truck driving de-escalation. Never go out of your way to goad, frighten, or teach the drivers that exist alongside you, even if they could stand to learn a lesson or two about proper driving. Truck drivers have a responsibility as the biggest (and usually the best trained) drivers on the road to act as an example to those around them. This will probably get tiring over time, but it’s easier to ignore the masses and focus on doing your job well instead of involving yourself in other peoples’ terrible driving habits. Learn to ease away from erratic drivers and give a wide berth to nervous ones. The easiest way to avoid anger on the road is to avoid bad situations to begin with.
Next, learn to breath in a beneficial way. When you feel the frustration building, taking several deep, long breaths can help you re-center yourself. This is also helpful whenever you notice yourself breathing hard after a confrontation or a near miss. Good, deep breathing is the simplest way the human body can take the cue to calm itself down, and a calm truck driver is a good truck driver.
Finally, if possible, change your mindset. You have control over your cabin while truck driving, so control it in your favor. Play soothing music, have a favorite snack or beverage nearby, and whenever possible, try to find the situation funny. It may be hard at first to laugh about the guy that just cut you off, but being able to laugh it off instead of dwelling on it is incredibly effective. It’s hard to be angry when you’re chuckling.
If you’re interested in a truck driving position in Chicago, IL, or are looking for more tips on how to combat road rage, contact Bay & Bay Transportation at (888) 801-3026 or visit their website here for more information.