Mindful Living Challenge – Being A Patient Driver {Week Six}

Mindful Living Challenge – Being A Patient Driver {Week Six}

“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” – George Carlin


I am one out of the millions of drivers in the metro Atlanta area.

That fact alone has exposed me to a LOT of different situations on the road in my nearly four years of experience with driving. Much of that experience includes distraction, aggravation, uncertainty, and who knows what else, but one thing’s for sure: driving brings out the worst in people.

It is so easy to get frustrated at the person in front of you when they’re taking their time (either willfully or not) to keep moving. It’s also easy to spout off at the person who just broke a ton of traffic laws right in front of your eyes, cheating dozens of other drivers by recklessly maneuvering their way to the front of the line.

Busy roadways are a battlefield, both physically and mentally.

I’ve always had this thing for long drives. I love it when there aren’t many other people around, you can go the speed limit without a problem, and you get to have enjoyable conversations with whoever’s in the car with you. However, dealing with road rage and slow drivers on a regular basis has slowly but surely impacted the way I look at other drivers.

Most of the time, I’m just trying to stay alive, but when I let my emotions get in the way, I negatively respond to drivers who make unwise decisions on the road that we share.

It is so easy for me to fall into the habit of lashing out, simply because something (or someone) frustrates me. It’s the response my mind gravitates toward – it’s easier to say, “What the heck was that?!” than: “I’m just glad no one got hurt.

Our roads would be an infinitely safer place if everyone’s main goal was to make sure everyone stayed alive.

When I get upset at other drivers, that instantly puts me at risk. Emotional turmoil is one of the biggest dangers in driving, because if you’re upset about something, how much are you really thinking about the road in front of you?? That’s why staying focused on being a patient driver should be the #1 goal for all of us drivers.

This blog challenge is all about reminding myself (and anyone else who would like to follow along!) of the simple things we should continually be mindful of. These topics are, for the most part, present in our everyday lives, yet we don’t end up thinking much about them. They are little things we could work on that don’t seem like much by themselves – until we add all of them up. That’s when they become a big, combined issue!

If you have any ideas of what topics I could incorporate into this challenge, I’d love to hear them! Comment below or send me a message – I have to come up with 52 posts for this challenge, so I’d appreciate the help haha

Click here if you’d like to check out the last five posts in this series.

Why I Want To Be A Patient Driver:

  • I want to set a good example for my younger siblings.
  • I want to make my experience driving as safe as possible.
  • I want to be understanding of people instead of immediately judging.
  • I want to be more mindful of everything I say.
  • I want to be a safe driver.

Why do you want to be a patient driver?
Will you join me on this challenge?

“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” – Anonymous

20 thoughts on “Mindful Living Challenge – Being A Patient Driver {Week Six}

  1. Argh, I haven’t actually gotten to drive by myself yet, but I know what you mean. We’ve had two of my parents’ friends get into serious accidents close because someone couldn’t slow down in time- and one of them broke both legs. 😦 Patient drivers are kinda hard to find.

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    1. Oh gosh – that is so scary!! Both of my parents have been involved in accidents, one of them seriously injuring my mom’s neck because it spun the car around. >_< Patient drivers are a rarity!

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  2. This is a nice add-on to the series and I totally agree! When I start driving my Mom said after I get pretty good she is going to take me to Dallas or Houston TX (both huge cities in my state that are not too far away), and if I can make it through there I am a good steady driver, haha. ❤ Good job with this!

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  3. I recently started driving and since I’m still a beginner I’m either at the speed limit or just a tiny bit above it. I always panic when I see people super close behind me because I don’t want to go too fast and it’s like “ah if I don’t go faster they’ll honk at me.” I think it’s very important to be patient especially as you never know who’s in the car in front or behind you. I loved reading this post, I think it’s a very important topic to talk about. X

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    1. Being tailgated is so frightening! Usually people who drive slower than the speed limit are lost and are trying to figure out where they’re going. I know that when I’m confused about lanes and directions, I greatly appreciate it when other drivers give me space! That’s very true. Thank you for your comment!

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  4. I’m patient in my driving actions, but definitely not on the inside. I hate driving and the people on the road stress me out to no end- but I ALWAYS make sure I’m doing everything I can to keep myself safe out there!

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