5 Easy Way to Reduce Stress Driving
30 August, 2019
Driving is not as easy as it seems, it’s not merely accelerate, brake, clutch, change gear, hands on wheel and on to destination. One of the most important factors is concentration, because driving on the road needs respect to each driver and rider. How to do that? Be aware and avoid any collision with other vehicles on the road. Parking sensors is very useful in providing a warning if any vehicles approached.
But what if the driver can no longer anticipate all the hustle on the road; from motorcycles, public transportations or other vehicles? The driver may experience driving stress.
There are various factors that cause a driver to have driving stress on the road;
- Rushing to go to the office due being late
- Traffic jam causing congestion for a long period
- Aggressive honking by cars behind
- Wrong turn causing a long detour
- Cranky kid in the car
- Having a rough argument inside the car; whether with a passenger or while communicating thru Bluetooth
These are 5 easy steps to avoid stress while driving your favorite car;
- Start early
Getting up early means reduced sleeping time but leaving early in the morning also means that it gives you extra time on the road, especially if a sudden activity occurs on the street like an accident.
- Listening to your favorite Music
Everybody must have a favorite radio station accompanying while driving to and from the office, even your favorite broadcaster may contribute to reducing stress while driving. Connecting your smartphone to the car’s audio system to listen to your fave music also avoids stressful driving, it may even bring you back to the memories you are most fond of.
- Bring a bottle of water
In big cities like Jakarta, Surabaya or Bandung, traffics are never predictable. Having a bottle of water is also helpful in reducing stress level while driving, especially if you are the type of driver who likes to have various conversation with other passengers. This may avoid your throat to dry, and it also helps you to calm while in a traffic.
- Turn off your Smartphone
Surely you are part of the person disagreeing turning off the smartphone while driving. If you are, you can just silent or vibrate your handphone if you do not wish your concentration to be disturbed. If you do have several active Whatsapp Group¸ it is also a good idea to mute the chat for at least 1 hour. And you can also turn on auto-reply if someone is calling or texting – just to indicate that you are currently driving.
- Check your vehicle
Before you drive, it is best to check your car and its surrounding – exterior and interior as well as engine. At least you can check the tire pressure, wiper fluid, radiator and of course fuel. All of which to anticipate if the diver ever got caught in a traffic jam, this will avoid any stress trigger situation.