PHOENIX, Aug. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As temperatures rise, so to do tempers, and Phoenix has already experienced days during which the temperature has crept up to 120-degrees. Studies have shown that as many as 1,500 individuals a year are killed in accidents or incidents directly related to road rage. Hastings & Hastings, Arizona's Premier Discount Accident Lawyers, standing against road rage, would like to see this number reduced to zero.
Driving can be stressful. During the heat of summer, while individuals are caught in bumper to bumper rush hour traffic, it can be almost unbearable. Hastings & Hastings acknowledges that no one likes being trapped in bumper to bumper traffic on State Route 51 or the 101 loop.
As a way to mitigate the circumstance which may contribute to road rage, Hastings and Hastings encourage drivers to consider traffic conditions before they begin their commute. If commuters know ahead of time that they are going to be encountering difficult traffic conditions, they can plan ahead accordingly. Drivers can leave 15-20 minutes early to ensure that they can arrive at their destination on time. A good deal of driving stress is the result of poor planning. A commuter who is stuck in traffic knowing they are going to be late to their destination experiences more stress than a commuter stuck in the same traffic who knows they will be arriving on time.
Often, drivers experience the effects of stress without even knowing it. This could result in what psychiatrists call "intermittent explosive disorder" (IED). IED is the rage that gathers as a result of a number of small, stress producing incidents. Being cut off once or twice may be a minor annoyance; being tailgated, honked at, cut off, or sped passed 10-15 times during a commute could lead to IED.
"I encourage people to engage in stress management as a way to reduce road rage. Get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, and get some exercise, these are all excellent ways to reduce your stress level. If you find yourself experiencing some anger while driving maybe take a deep breath and count to ten," said David Hastings, founder of Hastings and Hastings. "I would love for Arizona drivers to be known as the most courteous in the nation," he later added.
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