February 25, 2011 5:11 pm at 5:11 pm #595319canineMember
City driving drives me mad. Yet i must drive in the city.
How can I stay sane while driving?February 25, 2011 5:22 pm at 5:22 pm #744525aries2756Participant
Accept the things you cannot change. Put on soothing music or a shiur that calms you down. Understand that someone is going to cut you off and be prepared. If you tense up you will only have a harder time driving. If you relax and expect to be cut off, sit in traffic, etc. and accept the fact there is nothing you can do about it, you will be less likely to be driven mad. Understand that no one is out to get you. Don’t take it personally, everyone is in the same situation as you are, they are all trying to get to their destination for their own reasons whether it is to see a doctor, business meeting, shopping, go home or whatever. The city is very popular and very congested. If possible take the train and read a book. If not just accept that this is how it is.February 25, 2011 5:57 pm at 5:57 pm #744526chayav inish livisumayParticipant
canine are you a big honker???February 25, 2011 6:19 pm at 6:19 pm #744527bombmaniacParticipant
i once drove from boro park to queens using a street route. i was literally yelling at the top of my lungs at no one in particular.February 25, 2011 6:27 pm at 6:27 pm #744528chayav inish livisumayParticipant
bombaniac- take a stiff shotFebruary 25, 2011 7:43 pm at 7:43 pm #744529ronrsrMember
all traffic jams and obstructions are the work of one fiendish organization that is determined to keep you away from where you’re going . . . the Anti-destination League.February 25, 2011 8:15 pm at 8:15 pm #744530deiyezoogerMember
One of the risk factures for stress and haert desease is being a city driver.February 25, 2011 8:28 pm at 8:28 pm #744531HaLeiViParticipant
Get a ride with someone else from time to time, just to see how petty it seems to anyone other than the driver. It’s obviously not about the need to get to your destination as much as the frustration of being interrupted.
I cannot give real advice untill I test drive my idea. However, being prepared always helps. When I know and pay attention to the fact that although I am late, it will take 10 minutes to circle the block once, I don’t get so frustrated at every car that parks or pulls out.
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