How to relax while driving
Here are a few tips you can try to have a pleasant driving experience:
Eliminate the rush
The person in front of you is driving like they have no where to go and all day to get there. Yes, we’ve all been there. Some handle it by hurling expletives out the window, others may give the one finger salute. These road raging behaviors will raise your blood pressure and your stress levels. Whatever action you take toward other drivers will get an reaction – Positive or Negative. In this day and age, you can not put anything past anyone. You never know how they will react. Just eliminate the last minute dance and you’ll have a few extra minutes to wait and pass drivers who annoy you.
Know where you are going
One thing that used to make me lose my cool was getting lost. I did not like driving in circles or missing my turn, especially in bad traffic. Thanks to in-dash GPS receivers, smartphones and Google Maps you can plan your excursion, avoid traffic jams and arrive early and perspiration free.
Drive during Off Peak Hours
Of course when its time to get off from work you have no choice but to drive in that mayhem. Other than that you can plan your trips during times when the roads are not as busy. Holidays – Its a given that the roads are going to be packed the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Try leaving a day earlier and coming back a day later. If that is not possible, then try leaving early in the morning. While the rest of the world is sleeping, you can be on the road and only traffic you’ll hit is the bugs on your windshield.
If you are feeling pretty anxious before you walk out the door, the last thing you need to listen to is something to get your adrenaline pumping. Certain types of music, even listening to the news could upset or aggravate you. Have a nice calming CD or MP3 playlist within reach if you get the urge to unwind. There are some great nature CDs with sounds of rain, beach waves, etc. Find your relaxing medium and keep it in the car.