Can you imagine your life without a vehicle? No? Then driving stress should be inherent to your life.
Driving is one of the most intensively causing stress activities. There is a very simple relationship which will help you see this objective truth.
Stress is caused by change! This is it. Nothing more! If you isolate yourself from the surrounding environment you will dramatically reduce the stress factors in your life.
And is there any change involved in driving? I would say driving is nothing but change.
Any single second you are behind the wheel you are exposed to unbelievably fast changing circumstances. In addition you are supposed to take into consideration all of them in order to avoid accidents, which in the worst case scenario can turn driving into a death causing activity.
Definitely you can not stop driving from tomorrow on. However there are several useful tips which could be of great help in order to limit the driving stress in your life.
You might think your car is safe enough as today additional devices are offered for improving safety but ultimately it all depends on the culture and behavior of drivers.
Whether you go to see a relative or go on a long trip your car must be always in good working condition. Avoiding breakages is a great driving stress reduction strategy.
Most of us are not technicians but you can always check the following:
NEVER forget to put on your belt. Make sure that all passengers are with belts as well.
Speed. Personally I do not know a driver who strictly observes the speed limits. It is recommendable to comply with the mandatory rules when going through a city, often because children play on the street, there are walking animals or people crossing streets without paying enough attention.
Do not underestimate the usefulness of mirrors. Always look at them more than once. Be careful not to cut other cars which move quickly behind you.
Finally use hands free while driving and NEVER drive drunk.
If you take medication - check that it does not cause drowsiness.
I would like to draw attention to very interesting aspects of human behavior while being behind the wheel, which unfortunately may result in a lot of driving stress.
Our mind can not exist without the body. However the physical body restricts its free movement in the open space. For instance if you want to go somewhere it is not enough just to think you are there and miraculously appear at the desired spot. You have to physically move your legs in order to get there.
What happens when we are driving? Especially if you have a car with a strong engine it makes you feel you can do whatever you want on the road. With a single movement of the wheel and a slight pressure on the accelerator you are at the desired spot. No pains, no worries that you have to walk or run.
This way your mind little by little starts getting used to this situation and there is real danger that you may loose sense of reality and think you may shift in space with no effort at all. This may bring a lot of stress on the road.
We always want to be winners. We always want to be strong.
The vehicle contributes to feel secure and safe, which however is a misleading feeling. Irrelevant what car you are driving you should always bear in mind that the car is just a machine facilitating our movements. Nothing more! It should not become a tool which we use to demonstrate power.
If you keep this in mind, you will contribute big time to dramatically decrease stress on the roads and save other peoples lives.