Driving can bring out the worst in people. After all, have you ever found yourself losing patience with someone who wasn't moving fast enough?
Or lost your cool with a driver who seemed lost?
Or even a pedestrian who dithered too long on a crossing?
Even the most patient folk can be transformed into maniacs once they're behind the wheel.
So what prompts this change in behaviour?
How does a mild mannered soul turn into a road hog in such a short space of time?
What is it about driving that can release our worst habits?
Patience is one virtue that often runs on empty when we're driving.
Perhaps it's because we feel cocooned from any immediate consequences? Or maybe it's because there is always a real and present danger of having an accident when we are in a car that keeps many people on edge?
The truth is, once we're on the road, it's common to be in a 'them' or 'us' kind of mentality - our baser primitive instincts are in control. We operate from the amygdala – the ancient, reptilian part of the brain responsible for the more basic fight-or-flight response.
Unfortunately, it's those same instincts that can cloud our judgement and potentially create accidents.
That's why being able to control our emotions is so vital when we're driving.
In fact, it's important to be able to master our feelings wherever we find ourselves - not just when we're on the road.
But how can you gain greater control of destructive emotions?
How do you raise yourself above your circumstances?
You do it by discovering the truth of who you really are and your real purpose in life.