Positive Driving Experience

The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background, is that we all believe we are above-average drivers. – Dave Berry

Believe it or not, of the many things in the world that appear to cause frustration, my personal choice is “bad drivers”. I get frustrated very quickly with poor drivers. In fact for many years now, it has been the single most annoying event in my life. Funny that, as I lead an incredibly happy existence in all major areas of my life, but get me on the road with a bunch of terrible drivers and I seem to forget all of that in less than 5 minutes.

But, I’ve been working on it.

Many times I react like it’s a personal attack when in fact the other driver’s seemingly bad habits have nothing to do with me. I’ve been working on bringing that fact to my awareness which is helping to prevent a reaction of frustration.

I also have been focusing on consciously relaxing while I drive. I listen to my favorite music or an audio CD. This helps as a distraction. I try to be more present in the moment by focusing on what I’m doing (i.e. driving) and not worried about what other people are doing. I’m working on being less in a hurry. I’m trying to view each auto trip as a journey and not a goal to reach.

Apparently all of this effort on my part is starting to work. Yesterday, I had one of the most pleasant and blissful driving experiences I can remember in a very long time. I left my apartment around 5:00 p.m. (rush hour traffic) to drive down and see Erica. Right after I got on the road, someone pulled out in front of me causing me to slam on my brakes. I quickly brushed it off and didn’t react. That was a big Wow for me. The rest of the trip was like being transported through solid matter. All the traffic seem to simply move out of my way. I made every light. I went at just the right speed. I encountered no issues for the remainder of the entire 40 minute drive.

It was a major breakthrough. I had a similar driving experience today. I might be onto something.

Have a great day!

Michael

2 thoughts on “Positive Driving Experience

  1. Marge Zap

    The only time my husband got irritated was in the car in rush hour traffic getting from Long Island to our jobs at the UN.
    It was a pleasure to move to the country where there was NO traffic.

  2. Burak

    I used to react like you do (did) when I’m driving. One day, I took a ride with a friend of mine. During the ride, the car behind us had its high beams on which made us really uncomfortable. My friend’s reaction was caressing his rear-view mirror. His playful and easy way of dealing with this set an example for me. Also know that some people are really scared and confused behind the wheel, they don’t even see you. Realizing that helps me not to react.

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