8 Buddhist Quotes to Ease Modern Road Rage

2,500 years ago, when the sagely Buddha (of Buddhism fame) began fasting on one grain of rice per day, sleeping on nails, letting his buddies rub his belly, and generally experiencing unpleasant things in the name of enlightenment, we doubt he had curing road rage in mind.

Then again, it’s hard to prove he didn’t.

Yes, some may say the great Siddhartha was driven by the urge to understand suffering and improve society with humility. Others contend he was just so steamed at people for hogging 2 parking spaces at Costco that he needed a way to avoid losing it.

Either way, Buddha gave us some undeniable pearls of wisdom to help manage our driving anger and keep car insurance premiums low.

Here are 8 Buddhist quotes to make stress disappear faster — handily translated for the modern driving world.

1. “3 things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

Translation: It’s not up to you (or your crowbar) to teach speeders a lesson about justice. If they’re truly reckless and lawbreaking, they can’t stay hidden from a cop’s radar gun for long.

2. “To keep the body in good health is a duty … otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”

Translation: Exercise regularly, eat a good breakfast, and for God’s sake stop drinking 3 espressos before your commute … you’re a ticking time bomb out there!

3. “As we think, so we become.”

Translation: Don’t lash out at the driver behind you because you think he’s tailgating you on purpose. Give it a minute — he’s probably just spacing out listening to NPR.

4. “Just as the dawn is the forerunner of the arising of the sun, so true friendship is the forerunner of the arising of the noble eightfold path.”

Translation: Why not try carpooling? With some pals sharing the ride, you might be less likely to scream at the top of your lungs when someone forgets to signal.

5. “People with opinions just go around bothering each other.”

Translation: You think that’s “your” parking space. The other person thinks it’s “their” parking space. Point is, you’re both just annoying the rest of us. Move on and stop blocking the lane so we can get to the store and buy new tube socks.

6. “A man is not an elder because his head is grey; his age may be ripe, but he is called old in vain.”

Translation: No matter how slow the mature driver ahead of you is going, do not start badgering him or her into a drag race. It’s dangerous and illegal — plus you might get embarrassed by an old-timer with some well-worn tricks.

7. “Let him overcome evil by good. Let him overcome the greedy by liberality.”

Translation: Are drivers who wait until the last second to merge at lane closures so they can get to the front greedy? Probably. But are they evil? Again, probably. Still, instead of closing the gap to keep them from getting in (which is sooo tempting), take a breath, shake it off, and politely wave them forward.

8. “An action, even if it brings benefit to oneself, cannot be considered a good action if it causes physical and mental pain to another.”

Translation: Keying someone’s car is never cool, no matter what they’ve done to you.

Tire Maintenance: a Beginner’s Guide

When it comes to tires, there’s quite a bit to know — and if you’re not a professional, tire maintenance can be something of an ordeal. So here are some quick tips on how to handle your tires when the pros aren’t there to help.

Tire maintenance tip 1: how to fill your tires

Overinflated and underinflated tires are the leading cause of blowouts. The good news is that they’re easy to avoid with just a little effort and attention. Having the right amount of air in your tires will help keep you safe behind the wheel. And, as an added bonus, you’ll get better gas mileage, too. Most new cars come with an automatic tire pressure monitoring system, but if your car doesn’t have one, checking your tire pressure is a snap.

Step 1: Buy a pressure gauge. Your local auto supply store will have affordable gauges, or you can find a good one online through a trusted retailer.

Step 2: Check your car’s manual or the sticker inside your driver-side door to find the recommended pressure for your tires (this can vary between front and back on some vehicles).

Step 3: Remove the valve stem cap from each tire and push your gauge firmly against the valve to check your tire pressure. (Note: your tires should be cool when you do a pressure check.) Release the gauge quickly to avoid letting out too much air.

Step 4: If the pressure is low, head to the nearest gas station air pump. Attach the hose to your tire’s valve stem and press the handle to pump in air.

Most pumps have a gauge attached so you can monitor how much air you’re putting in. If you accidently overinflate your tires, you can bleed, or release, air to reach the recommended pressure. Simply press the center-pin on the valve stem.

Step 5: Check the pressure one last time before putting the cap back in place.

Most manufacturers advise checking your tire pressure every month. While it’s tempting for most of us to trust our eyes, modern tires can lose several pounds of pressure without looking flat. So grab your handy gauge and try to maintain a monthly routine. And be sure to check on the pressure of your spare from time to time — a flat spare is not much of a spare at all.

Tire maintenance tip 2: how to change a flat tire

At some point in your driving career, an unexpected flat tire is inevitable. If you have cell phone coverage and roadside service, you can call it in. But in case you’re out of range (or just a DIY-er), we have detailed instructions and a super cool video to show you how to fix a flat.

There’s plenty more to learn about tires, but knowing how to inflate and change them can make you a more confident driver. And it sure beats learning the hard way. Just remember, it’s okay to ask a professional if you feel like you’re in over your head.

For more do-it-yourself tips, check out all our How-To videos. You can also get the rundown on important car fluids, learn how to keep your tires clean (for cheap), and boost your car’s value.

Customer Testimonial Video: Esurance Claims

Meet Shannon: wife, small business owner, mother of 3, and Esurance customer since 2008. As you might imagine, the word “busy” is an understatement. So when life throws a curveball (like a torn-up front bumper), she doesn’t have time to deal with claims hassles or repair delays. That’s where Esurance comes in.

After bracing herself for a stress-filled day, the weight was lifted by the simple words of her claims agent: “It’s going to be okay.” And it really was. Within minutes of reporting her claim, Shannon was able to take her car to a nearby body shop, get an estimate (without having to deal with any paperwork), and slip right back into her daily routine.

For Shannon, time is everything. And at Esurance, we recognize that. Her story is yet another example of how we work to make car insurance easier from quote to claim. See for yourself in this customer testimonial:

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Meet Esurance: Erika V.

Erika V. was on the fast track to success at Esurance before she even started working here. Setting her sights on a career in insurance, the Tampa associate got her insurance license before applying for the job. And, a little over a year after joining the company, she received her first promotion.

Since then, Erika has become her office’s go-to person for all things insurance. As one of Esurance’s sales support leads, our sales agents turn to her with their questions — so they can answer yours.

Her incredible drive, ambition, and perfectionism are evident in the office and on the ice. Yes, Erika is a competitive figure skater … in Florida.

See for yourself:

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Does Having to Pee Make You Drive Like a Drunk?

Maybe you forgot to go before you left the house. Maybe you didn’t think the traffic was going to be this bad. Maybe you’re in the middle of Nevada and the next gas station is still 30 miles away.

Whatever the case may be, you’re having a bathroom emergency, and you’re quite possibly driving like a crazy person.

If you’ve ever had to go while driving — and really, who hasn’t? — you know that you’d do almost anything to get yourself to a restroom. The speed limit holds no meaning for you. Other cars are mere roadblocks between you and the bathroom. And blinkers become optional as you swerve insanely across 3 lanes of traffic to make the next exit. Admit it … you’re a terrible driver when you have to pee!

Well, as it turns out, there’s some actual science behind the reason why.

Science proves having to pee can affect your driving

A 2011 study conducted by Dr. Peter Snyder, VP of Research at Rhode Island Hospital (and Ig Nobel award winner), concluded: “The magnitude of decline in cognitive function associated with an extreme urge to void was as large and equivalent or greater than the cognitive deterioration observed for conditions known to be associated with increased accident risk.”

What?

Thankfully, for those of us who aren’t Ig Nobel award winners, Jalopnik sat down with Dr. Snyder and asked him to translate. Here’s what he said: “In the case of the urge to urinate, we found when people are at their top threshold of pain, when they can’t stand it anymore, the level of impairment on reason and problem solving is equivalent to about a 0.05 blood alcohol level.”

Simply put: when you really have to go, your judgment and problem-solving skills are impaired, making you as bad a driver as someone who’s had a couple drinks. (Thanks, Jalopnik.)

How to avoid driving crazy when you have to pee

As we all know, when you gotta go, you gotta go. So what do you do when you’re stuck driving and suddenly have a bathroom emergency?

Based on Dr. Snyder’s research, I think we can safely conclude there’s only one way to avoid driving erratically when you have to go: don’t drive with a full bladder. Not to sound too much like Mom here, but use the restroom every time you stop — whether you think you have to or not — and avoid drinking too much coffee or soda while you’re on the road.

And pay attention to those road signs. On long stretches of desolate highway, they’ll often warn you about the distance to the next rest stop. In other words, make hay while the sun shines.

Tell us your worst “having to go” stories

Of course, sometimes no amount of planning can save you from having a bathroom emergency on the road. Tell us your worst “having to go” stories … and what you did to survive.