Kindness is Being a Friendly Driver

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Road rage is on the rise. People are stressed, tired, and have too much to do to arrive places on time.  Or at least that’s what we tell ourselves. As a result we have driving expectations that are often not met.

We want  . . .  the traffic to be lighter … all the lights to be green . . .  and for people to get OUT of our way right NOW.

I want my own personal lane. Or at least for native CA drivers to have a dedicated lane for us. Shouldn’t there be some perk for living in California?

This is selfish thinking. This is entitled thinking. This is dangerous thinking which can lead to us arriving at our destination frustrated at the last and full of road rage at the most.

Calm down. Notice the needs of others. We all have some place to go. Share nicely. These words need to replace our rage-enduing ones.

Let’s change our mindset that WE are the most important drivers on the road. Kindness is being a friendly driver.

  • Let people merge even when they do so incorrectly.
  • Leave an appropriate space between you and the car in front.
  • Don’t speed trying to push the car in front to go faster.
  • Use your blinkers.
  • Allow more time to get to your destinations.
  • Give grace when people drive like an idiot.

Remember that sometimes we are the idiot and want their grace. So be a kind driver.

Your Turn . .  .  What is one way you can be a kind driver? . . . What do you most appreciate from others when you drive like an (accidental) idiot?

You can practice being kind by leaving me a comment. 

Want to know what other acts of Kindness are on the list? Go to my Landing Page . . Scattering Kindness: A 31 Day Adventure of Intentional & Random Acts of Service.  

Please leave me an idea or two that I can add to my acts of kindness list. The idea can be intentional or random.

This post is part of #Write31Days where bloggers write every day in October on one topic. I am writing about Acts of Kindness, random and otherwise. It will be interesting to note how I am different and/or how my community is different.


Go here for yesterday’s post: Kindness is Going to the Funeral

Previous #Write31Days Topics

Thanks go to Elizabeth Symington for making my #Write31Days button and basic graphic for the kindness quotes. Elizabeth is writing a 31 days series on Summer of Service in Yosemite.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. wendyj59  |  . at .

    Driving in London could easily have you raging the whole time. Since I’ve stopped working I try and not let things get to me although there are still times when I’m fuming at the selfishness of others.


  • 2. LivingMyPortion  |  . at .

    Thank you for this. I’ll admit that when I think of kind acts, I don’t think of driving but it is so important. Thank you for reminder


  • 3. Karen Sebastian  |  . at .

    Such practical tips. I was just in California and can see what you mean especially at LAX. LOL! I survived and lived to tell the story! This is so good and practical!!!


  • 4. Tara  |  . at .

    Kindness is so important!


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  • 6. Sharon  |  . at .

    I always say, people are so kind: They let me know when I have done something wrong by honking at me. It’s a joke my husband and I have. I tend to not be mindful of others when I am driving. No excuses, though I have a list, I won’t mention them here. Truly practicing kindness on the highways would be appreciated by so many. I will try to be a more mindful driver so others won’t be frustrated in case they haven’t read this post. And to be sure, I will have my husband read it! Lol


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