Driving=Stress!

Dr. Franssen was not joking when she said there is a difference in old people and younger people driving. Older people must have a lower stress than those of students. If someone cuts me off, I am angry about it for the rest of the day, easily. Older people complain while it happens then drive along and essentially forget about it. Being from New York and living in Virginia for 3 years, I have spent plenty of time on route 81 and interstate 95, for 8 hours at a time. It’s kind of funny because when I took the road rage quiz for one of the case study assignments, the results gave me 8/10, in favor of road rage. I definitely have rage when people drive like a bat out of hell. Instead of cooling down and listening to music, I yell at the people, who clearly can’t hear me. Then I call my boyfriend, who responds with “oh, what an idiot”. This disappoints me because I want someone to yell with me. So we hang up and I call my best friend who tells me about a similar story of her own and we complain about that for awhile. Then, if I am still not satisfied with the amount of attention the person who cut me off is getting, I call my mom. This works every time because she reassures me that people like that need to get off the road and that I need to drive safely. So, what should have been a 1 minute incident actually lasts half an hour. Then, I see a car the same color as the previous one and just when I am starting to cool off, I get angry all over again and start mumbling to myself “what is this drive like a fool if you have a red car day?” Driving for long periods of time is so stressful and the initial stress causes a reaction which inevitably creates more stress! Go figure. Public transportation is probably the key to road trips.

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3 Responses to “Driving=Stress!”


  1. 1 thesmitty21 May 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I hate stupid drivers. I drive 9 hours everytime from school to my house down in Georgia. I just set my cruise control on and I;m set, except for the stupid drivers out there. I turn driving into a game. I plan how I’m going to pass people. People that have no clue whats going on around them drive me crazy.

  2. 2 ksdavis04 May 17, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I have horrible road rage too! I also yell at people (even though they can’t hear me).
    I’ve been living in VA for most of my life, but I have only been driving for 2 years. I agree that the drivers around here are frustrating.
    For a long time, I hated driving. I loved being able to go wherever I wanted without having to ask anyone for a ride, but I hated that I had to deal with people cutting me off and driving ridiculously slow.
    Thankfully, I’ve become slightly less stressed out when I drive. 🙂

  3. 3 mdpacifico May 17, 2011 at 2:54 am

    I agree driving can be very special. Just the other day I was driving back from short pump with my friends and it started pouring rain it was so hard to see and the road conditions were very bad. I felt like my friends didn’t realize how stressful driving in that whether actually was for me because they kept turning up the radio, and I could feel myself getting more and more stressed with all the distractions when I was trying to concentrate on driving.


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