The Lone Ranger rode across the Great Plains during the early days of the Wild West, enforcing law and order. His creed; "I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one" and "all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world."
If those words were heeded today, we bet the term "road rage" would never have had to be coined in 1987 by a still-wild West Coast radio station when reporting repeated incidents of gunplay on L.A. freeways. Since then, road rage has become increasingly dangerous: Over a seven-year period, it was linked to 218 murders and 12,610 injuries. Here are a few tips to help you avoid it.
Don't Cause Road Rage in Others
--Pay attention (no texting or putting on makeup!) to traffic flow, and be considerate; 49 percent of road rage incidents are caused by a distracted or inattentive driver.
--Don't speed or change lanes recklessly. Signal! Always check your blind spot.
Don't React to Bad Behavior
--Don't honk your horn, flash your lights or make obscene gestures at other drivers to express your discontent.
--If someone cuts you off or misses moving through a light because they are texting, practice anger management, such as deep breathing and redirecting your thoughts to more pleasant topics.
--If enraging traffic is a daily occurrence, consider carpooling or taking public transportation.
Remember that road rage -- assault or endangering other people or property with a motor vehicle -- is a criminal offense.
Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit www.sharecare.com.
(c) 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
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