By MATILDA FRANCES
[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ello my lovelies. There are many illegalities in motoring. Road rage is one of them. What is it and why does it exist? Motoring is sweet. Yet it’s dangerous. It’s a situation in which you are separated from the earth by four tyres. And when you travel at any speed, you are safer to be at peace with yourself and give consideration to other road users. Or while embarking on an activity as tricky as driving, why do we throw ourselves in a turmoil over what? Is it because we are in a rush?
Well, consider this. Instead of doing everything at the last moment before leaving the house and then driving in an upset to where you have to be, have you dear reader thought of rising from your slumbers a bit earlier taking a leisurely breakfast, enjoying a little longer in the shower, and then strolling to the door at the commencement of your
journey, instead of bolting something down, that you call breakfast, then turning on the shower and running through it like a cat in the rain and finally legging it to the door as if the hinges are about to rust? The trick is to keep your mind calm and clear. Do you want to be getting in rage looking for your keys, and you can’t find your bag just because you allowed no time?
When in your vehicle think about the atmosphere inside, is it loud and aggravating? if so try some soothing music or perhaps a talk show on the radio, providing it is not too thought provoking.
Or better still why not sing. There are many tunes to cheer the heart and raise the spirits.
Take as many breaks as you can on your journey, drinking plenty of water. There’s nothing nicer than sitting by the roadside watching others pull their hair out and yelling at the top of their voices as they drive past and what could be more pleasant than watching a punch up over a prang.
Remember also to visit relatives. Not only do you get fed, but you accumulate brownie points for visiting, and Aunty Mary will always remember the surprise of seeing you on her doorstep.
As you sit on the traffic watching others, remember too, you are watched, so if you can bring a little sanity to the world, think of the good you are doing mankind.
MATILDA FRANCES is Motoring World’s London Bureau Chief