As of two minutes ago, it was a lovely day. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, you just finished your last day of work before a three-day weekend. Life was good as you were peddling down Pennsylvania Avenue on your sparkly new bike, when all of a sudden, a maniac came barreling down Madison and cut you off at the intersection. You had to squeeze the life out of your brakes and nearly go up on the curb to narrowly avoid crashing into him, while he sped off as if he had done nothing wrong.
It’s amazing how 30 seconds can completely change your mood. Now, you’re not just angry; you are shaking from rage. At this rate, you’ll probably cause an accident as a result of nearly missing one. So how do you go about regaining control of your bike, your body, and your serenity before it’s too late?
Relaxing Your Biker Rage to Avoid an Accident
When your upset, irrational thoughts, adrenaline and revenge scenarios tend to flood your head, making it difficult to pay attention to anything else. Although this is a natural reaction, it can be extremely dangerous while riding a bike, especially in traffic or populated areas. This is why it is extremely important to know how to calm those thoughts and center your attention on what is going on around you, in order to avoid a potentially traumatic accident.
- Breathe. Although it may sound trite, taking a few deep breaths is the fastest way to slow down your heart rate, stop adrenaline, and calm frustrations
- Regain your 360-degree focus. Instead of replaying the upsetting incident, keep your focus on the world around you. If you have to, you can always replay the incident when you’re safely at home, but focusing on your surroundings now will not only ease your anger and help you forget about the frustrations, but it will also help protect you from any further surprises.
- Rely on your maneuverability. Realize it is easier for you to stop, maneuver, and control your bike than it is for a motorist to control a 3,500 pound car. Although you may be annoyed, the fact is you can safely maneuver around objects more easily than a car, so instead of getting angry, adjust your speed or direction and let it go.
- Don’t escalate the situation. Don’t shout obscenities or hateful remarks at cars. Although it may make you feel better, if you have to vent, wait until you’re in a safe place and not surrounded by stressed-out motorists in fast-moving metal cages.
Everyone gets upset once in awhile. It’s perfectly natural to lose your temper, get flustered, or upset by an inappropriate, illegal, or dangerous action of another. However, don’t allow that anger to control you, your ride, or your safety; otherwise you could wind up in an ambulance, a courtroom, or a morgue.
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