On my way home from work this evening, I battled the ever-present rush-hour that occurs between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Interstates 40 and 75 that intersect in Knoxville.
It’s an unavoidable fact of life for most in Knoxville and other bigger cities. Therefore, I’ve decided that for the rest of you (and me) driving in rush-hour traffic, wherever you may be, I will put together a list of things to do to suppress your boiling blood.
- Snack before you drive.
Hunger always makes the present problem worse for me. It’s just something else to deal with when there’s a slow driver in the fast lane that will NOT for ANY circumstances get out of the way. Oh, and I should mention to snack BEFORE putting the car in gear. You’ll be safer that way.
- Say a prayer, mantra or think of something happy.
When you start to feel your blood pressure rise, calm down. Think of something happy, peaceful or even play some cheerful songs (recommendation: “New Soul” by Yael Naim) to sing along with. Basically, do something (safely) that makes you happy!
- If you’ve been bitten by the speed demon, try going with the flow of traffic.
Going with the flow, hard as it may be, is really the safest thing you can do. I promise you will get to your destination eventually.
Bonus: You won’t get pulled over by that cop that knows you by name… again.
- Play relaxing music or listen to talk radio.
Again, this will help to relax you while driving.
- If all else fails, avoid rush hour if at all possible.
Find some extra small jobs around the office you’ve been putting off and do them. Run an extra mile at the gym. Browse the Internet (and check out Knoxify again; you could’ve missed something) and read your favorite blogs. Catch up on MetroPulse and Knoxville Voice. There’s always something to do to keep you busy just a few extra minutes. If you can’t wait out rush hour every day, try to beat it. Leave a few minutes early or save that project for the next day when you’re leaving later. It balances out.
If you couldn’t avoid rush-hour, find something soothing to listen to or gave up on your mantra, sit down and blog about it. Then go eat dinner. You’ll feel better — I promise.
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