“I can’t beleive I’m stuck in traffic again!”

It’s no secret that driving can leave you exceedingly frustrated. If you’ve ever driven on congested roadways in rush hour traffic, you’ve probably witnessed more than your share of angry drivers. Instead of succumbing to that type of frustration yourself, do your best to be a generous, kind driver. God asked us in the Bible to treat others the way we want to be treated, and this includes how we treat others when driving. How can you achieve that even when you feel tempted to act rude like some of the other drivers around you? Keep reading for a few helpful tips.



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Drive Courteously


If you expect other drivers to drive courteously, start by setting the example. Don’t tailgate, pass illegally or drive in the fast lane when you’re not passing another vehicle. You may be tempted to drive like everyone else around you, but stick to your principles. If you don’t, you may end up feeling bad about your actions later. 
To be as courteous a driver as possible, make sure you do the following:

Forgive Others Their Road Rage


It’s not hard to spot common signs of road rage and cues that the drivers around you are frustrated or angry. If you notice people driving erratically, be sure to move out of their way and try to not judge. It may be tempting to stand your ground in an attempt to help other drivers realize their wrongdoing, but removing yourself from the situation is infinitely safer. Not to mention, taking yourself out of a rage-filled situation allows you a moment to calm down and gather your thoughts and emotions. The last thing you want to do is lash out like other drivers around you. If you don’t enjoy their road rage, don’t allow yourself to succumb to that type of anger. Always remember: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.


Drive the Speed Limit


Unless you have a flat tire or your vehicle presents some other type of hazard, you should always drive the speed limit. Traveling below the speed limit can irritate other drivers, especially if you are on a two-lane road. If you’re on the freeway and don’t feel comfortable driving the speed limit, move into the slow lane to allow other vehicles to pass you. If, however, you are on a two-lane road and cannot drive the speed limit, try to pull over if someone is following you too closely. Getting frustrated with a tailgater won’t solve the problem, so do your best to stay out of that person’s way to avoid escalating the situation.


Being a courteous driver can be difficult, especially when the drivers around you don’t bother being considerate themselves. When you practice safe, considerate driving, you set an example for the other drivers around you. You may not be able to verbally communicate the principle of the golden rule to other drivers, but remember the old adage: Actions speak louder than words.



Colleen Batchelder
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Colleen Batchelder has always been passionate about putting Feet to her Faith! She loves traveling the globe minstering at various churches, colleges and conferences speaking to audiences ranging in age from 9 – 101. She speaks on inter-generational communication, reaching millennials within the workplace and church and breaking down generational assumptions. When she’s not pouring over books, you can find her enjoying a nice Chai Latte, exploring NYC or traveling to a new and exotic destination.

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