When was the last time you cursed under your breath? More than likely, it was when you were on the road. It is crazy how sitting behind the wheel can throw our manners out the window.
You may say, well, I’m not an aggressive driver at all. I sometimes get angry seeing bad drivers, but I don’t exhibit road rage myself. Welcome to the club!
Road rage is about engagement. Even if you are not the one starting it, an aggressive driver can pull you into an argument or say something really rude. They may just drive away after that, but leave you feeling upset for the rest of the day.
In some instances, not engaging aggressive drivers can make all the difference between being safe or not. You never know what might set off someone into doing something stupid.
But the worse thing is, road rage creeps up suddenly. Like a car from your blind spot. Since you are already in a heightened state of mental activity during driving, it is easy to get roused into aggression. So even if you were not the one starting it, you could get involved easily.
Tapping can help calm down this knee-jerk reaction that is road rage.
This script is not so much about how to stop other drivers from being aggressive. It is about how you can drive with a calmer state of mind, so follies of other drivers don’t bother you all that much.
So even when someone tries to provoke you into acting impulsively like pulling over and getting even, you can choose not to engage them.
This tapping script can be used in conjunction with the one about taking the stress out of your driving commute. Also, if getting angry is the main problem, you could tap through this anger management tapping script.
EFT tapping set up
Even though it is other drivers on the road who bring out the worst in me, I want to remain calm and focus more on the road and on how I am driving.
Even though reckless drivers lurk everywhere, and I so want to set them straight, even so I choose to remain calm and detached, for my sake and for those waiting for me at home. I choose to reach my destination safely and sanely.
Even though aggressive drivers dare me to show them my worst side, I choose to shrug off their coarse behaviour remembering that winning on the road actually comes from NOT competing.
EFT tapping round 1
Eyebrow Drivers on the road have no respect for others.
Side of the eye Careless drivers make me angry.
Under the eye Who let such idiots loose on the road?
Under the nose I start out peaceful, but I get worked up along the way.
Chin Someone’s driving so slow it cramps my style.
Collar bone Another idiot is in such a hurry they won’t stop tailgating.
Under the arm Yet another driver wants to cut me off at every chance.
Top of the head And then every once in a while
EFT tapping round 2
Eyebrow somebody has to show off their jazzy car with
Side of the eye loud music blasting to high heavens.
Under the eye Pedestrians sometimes jump on to the road
Under the nose with vehicles oncoming!
Chin I feel like I should pull over
Collar bone and give them a piece of my mind.
Under the arm I lose my temper even before I realize I have.
Top of the head My anger has been hiding in my blind spot
EFT tapping round 3
Eyebrow and before I know it, it pounces on me.
Side of the eye My blood boils when people honk their horn at me.
Under the eye I’d be a fool if I didn’t pay them back.
Under the nose It is as if road rage is a contagious disease
Chin they are passing along to me.
Collar bone If it were a flu, would I accept it from anyone?
Under the arm Then why am I returning their road rage
Top of the head with aggression of my own?
EFT tapping round 4
Eyebrow But it’s hard to ignore and stay calm
Side of the eye when someone is being a moron on the road.
Under the eye I don’t want to be a pushover.
Under the nose I can’t let them walk all over me.
Chin So maybe I can’t let everyone cut me off
Collar bone or let everyone tailgate me.
Under the arm But what if I could focus on safety first?
Top of the head What if I could be more aware of how I am driving?
EFT tapping round 5
Eyebrow Instead of focusing on how wrong others are driving?
Side of the eye Maybe I am guilty of committing the same follies myself?
Under the eye Focusing on others with a mentality to correct
Under the nose their behaviour takes up too much of my attention.
Chin Attention that I’d rather give to the road.
Collar bone But I can’t let others go scot-free.
Under the arm I need to let them know how bad they are driving.
Top of the head And of course their attitude needs correction too.
EFT tapping round 6
Eyebrow But by my behaving like I was put on earth
Side of the eye to correct other drivers’ behaviour, how much
Under the eye am I focusing on my driving?
Under the nose That makes me a bad driver by default.
Chin Maybe I’m not on the road to teach everyone a lesson.
Collar bone I’m there to reach my destination safely.
Under the arm I’m understanding that the road is not a war-ground.
Top of the head I don’t need to “fix” anyone’s driving.
EFT tapping round 7
Eyebrow I need to focus on driving safely and calmly.
Side of the eye What if other drivers’ aggressive behaviour
Under the eye is not directed at me personally?
Under the nose I don’t need to compete with aggressive drivers.
Chin Maybe they are not out to deliberately torment me.
Collar bone Like me, they are doing their job as best they can.
Under the arm I choose not to engage others or get engaged in a brawl.
Top of the head I choose to be calm and relaxed while driving.
EFT tapping round 8
Eyebrow I choose to remember to be courteous while driving.
Side of the eye I choose to brush off any discourtesy
Under the eye from other drivers, for my sake.
Under the nose The winner is the one who reaches home safely and sanely.
Chin I choose to be a winner.
Collar bone My win comes from NOT competing.
Under the arm My win comes from taking the high road.
Top of the head When I’m driving, I’m peace personified.
You may need to use this script a few times for full effect. This is because road rage is not really a feeling you are trying to reframe, but a behavioral pattern. It is like a habit. It may take a few repetitions for this new behaviour to become ingrained.
For a few days, tap through the script before heading out. Then tap through it any day you find yourself relapsing. The changes with EFT usually come so silently that your new behaviour doesn’t surprise you. It may seem like you’ve always been relaxed during driving. Aggression, who, me? Nah!