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Air Date: April 23, 1997
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Advice From Dr. Driving (Part 1)
Are you often irritated by all the discourteous drivers on the road? Dr. Driving says you don't have to let others ruin your daily commute.
Dr. Driving is University of Hawai'i Psychology Professor Leon James, an expert on motorist mentality.
James says people who are routinely angry at their fellow motorists are making the mistake of fantasizing about the other drivers' intentions.
Truth is, you can't know why people cut you off or follow too close. So instead of attributing negative intentions to them say to yourself, "I don't know why they felt pressured to do that, so I'll give them the room they need." Or, "That driver isn't paying attention. That happens to me too, so I'll be lenient."
For more tips on maintaining your sanity on the road, visit Dr. Driving's web site at: http://www.aloha.net/~dyc
This is the University Report, I'm Tracy Orillo Donovan.