These are the months many of us welcome the sun-kissed rose hue on our skin, but did you know it is also the most likely time to leave you fuming red with road rage? The increased summer getaway travel along with the skyrocketing mercury can cause tempers to quickly flare. Here at Sansone Kia, we want to give you some tips on how to make sure your new Kia Sportage is equipped with both climate control and self-control.

First step is to recognize your rising anger. Tune out your screaming kids or howling hound and turn down that thumping song of summer to be present. The most noticeable sign of road rage is often physical; muscle tension, one digit gestures, and strong tone or use of language are all good indicators of preliminary road rage.

Second step is to calm down. If you recognize some signs of increasing anger, take the time to pull over to the shoulder when safe, take a few long deep breaths, and collect your thoughts. Throw on some calming jams, pet your dog, or ask your children a silly question to get back into the right headspace. Once you feel your internal rage thermometer drop well below the outside temperature, safely return to the road.

Step three is to drive defensively moving forward. If you are faced with a malicious motorist, it’s best to let the beast pass and be far away from you. Be sure to keep an eye on the chafed chauffer and alert to any sudden and erratic decisions they may make so you may react safely and accordingly.

Step four is to resist retaliation. This can be the hardest step especially when an aggressive red sports car cuts you off or huge pickup tailgates inches behind you. Every mammalian instinct in your body is screaming to lay on the horn or slam on the brakes, but you need to cage the animal and politely defuse the situation. Retaliation will not help you and only aggravate the other driver—take the high road home