(Closed) Moms- did you let go of road rage when you had children?

posted 5 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: Did you let go of road rage when you had children?

    Nope, I like to get from A to B very quickly.

    Yes, I drive very safely with my kids in the car.

    No, but only when my kids are not in the car.

    It can show sometimes, depends on how late I am to something.

  • Post # 2
    345 posts
    Helper bee

    I can be a very aggressive driver, but that is not the case at all when I have kids in my car. (I don’t have any kids myself, but nieces, nephews, etc)

    Post # 2
    4323 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Oh man, commenting to follow! I have serous road rage. And my God the swearing.

    Post # 4
    369 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2016

    My road rage is just as bad as it’s always been lol.  I definitely drive with more caution with my kids in the car though and at slower speeds.

    Post # 5
    1132 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    The only difference between how I drive now vs. before I had my DS is that I try to whisper the swear words under my breath instead of scream them at the top of my lungs.

    Also, it’s funny when I honk at someone and my son says “who honked” and then I have to find a nice way to explain that the f-ing person in front of me on the expressway is texting and going 25 mph below the speed limit and drifting into the lane next to us.

    Post # 6
    1591 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

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    saratiara2:  Yep, right there with you. Now that we’re TTC, I’ve been thinking a lot about my road rage and trying to tone it down a bit… but good Lord, I still have a lot of work to do lol

    Post # 7
    6297 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

    I started driving way more carefully after I had my children.  No more speeding for me.

    Post # 8
    2543 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We don’t have kids yet but I am pregnant and I find that I am a lot more calm behind the wheel now. There is nothing worth risking my pregnancy for. I drive young children around on occasion but I never let them see my road rage…I let shit go because it’s not cool to act out in front of someone else’s kids and I have a responsibility to keep them safe. I won’t deny that people drive like idiots and put us in danger, but I do my best to shield them from it. 

    Post # 9
    276 posts
    Helper bee

    Yes I drive way more safely now than I did before, with or without my daughter in the car. I also don’t engage in road rage anymore most of the time because people be cray cray and I don’t want to get shot or run off the road.

    Post # 10
    2176 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    Fuck everyone on the road and get the hell out of my way, bitches. No, I can’t say thay I have road rage 😂

    Post # 11
    3751 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I definitely drive more carefully now, but I still haven’t roped in my swearing when other drivers are idiots. That’s a tough one to break!!

    Post # 12
    588 posts
    Busy bee

    Haha, no kids but I just wanted to say that I’m that person who leaves “3904823048302 car lengths between them and the person in front of them.” I go the speed limit lol, but the most i’m going in the fast lane is usually 10 above (which is usually is the highest you can go without getting pulled over). My subaru has amazing adaptive cruise control and I set it for about 3 car lengths behind the person in front of me. At 60mph+ aint nobody got time for near death incidents hahaha. There’s been 2 deaths this week alone that shut down the highway by my place for houuuurss. 

    My way of dealing with personal road rage re: drivers not going fast enough is to remind myself that it’s not their fault that I’m running late ;P 

    Post # 13
    4192 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    Yep, I drive like a grandma when my daughter’s in the car. And, I’ve stopped swearing at other drivers- instead of a-holes, they are now “jerky jerks.” (although the occassional curse slips out if I have to slam on the brakes, etc.)

    Post # 14
    2208 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I have pretty terrible road rage. I just don’t understand how there are so many incompetent drivers out there. It makes me crazy! I have definitely slowed down when my daughter is in the car but I still can’t help but get annoyed/yell when people drive really stupidly. When I’m alone and in traffic or late to an appt solo it gets really bad! I need to work on my swearing in general but it’s usually just asshole haha

    Post # 15
    2170 posts
    Buzzing bee

    No kids, wanted to say i let go of road rage after a good friend of mine almost died in a car accident. Not sure it was road rage related but it was awful, she has a metal bar in her arm, broke her collar bone, luckily she was thrown from the car, otherwise it would have been worse. At that point I realized, none of the things i thought were important when driving actually were. Meaning, checking my cellphone is not important, speeding up to get thru a yellow light does not get me anywhere faster, and if I am stuck behind a slow driver and can’t get past, I’ll just try to be positive and grateful I have a car, a job that lets me drive the car, health that lets me get out and drive, etc. Nothing is worth it. I would think having kids would just make that more apparent. Please be more careful when driving. There is really no reason for road rage, simply decide you aren’t going to be upset. Think for a minute about the driver, maybe he or she is having a horrible day and send some compassion his or her way. No need to get worked up about something and make a decision that could have horrible ramifications. 

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