The author wishes to remain anonymous
Edited by Shmuel Greenbaum
Printed with Permission of http://www.PartnersInKindness.org
Driving on the roads is a great opportunity to practice kindness. When we are in the car, we're in our own private little domain where no one can really see us for any length of time. The crowded driving conditions create a sense of pressure. Drivers are intent on getting ahead, not letting other drivers cut in front of them, being the first at the traffic light. We are somehow not really people when we are behind the wheel; we are "drivers!"
Actually, driving this way made me feel mean. So, I decided to practice kindness behind the wheel.
Whenever I notice someone trying to change lanes on a crowded road, I let them go in front of me. If I catch their eye, I also smile and nod at the person behind the wheel.
When I see someone is not sure where to turn or is looking for an address, I give him plenty of space so they can figure out what they need without pressure.
I check my self-talk while I'm driving, and in my thoughts wish other drivers a safe and pleasant journey.
These things make for much more pleasant driving, and I haven't been late yet!
[On quiet country roads, I also wave to oncoming drivers and people I pass. - James]