Safe and Stress-Free Drive to Work
Like it or not, for many people, the daily drive into work is unavoidable. For some people, commuting by public transportation is not an option.
The daily commute by road into work can be the most stressful part of the day. The frustrations of long lines of vehicles and bad or inconsiderate drivers can get to the best of us.
When you get frustrated or angry, you are likely to take more risks. You may forget all the driving safety precautions you would usually take.
Whether you are commuting to work, or driving at the weekend, it’s better to get there late than to not get there at all.
To help you cope with the daily commute to work, here’s our top tips for a safe and stress-free drive to work.
Commuting to Work – How to Reduce Stress
Getting stressed on your way to work is bad for your health, bad for your driving, and you’ll be in a bad mood when you arrive. So, read these ten tips that will help stay chilled on your daily commute.
1. Leave Earlier
You will be amazed at how less stressful your drive to work will be if you give yourself an extra ten minutes.
Much of the stress of commuting is brought on by worrying about being late. If you leave more time for your journey, a car cutting-in in front of you won’t seem so bad. A slow driver holding you up won’t make you mad.
Give yourself a little extra time to get to work and the drive won’t seem so bad. You’ll also get some time for a quiet cup of coffee before you start the working day.
2. Take a Few Deep Breaths and Count to Ten
Try not to get mad at other drivers. If you lose your temper it could be dangerous for you and dangerous for other road users.
If the feel the red mist rising, take a few deep breaths and count to ten. Think about the situation and you will realize that it is not worth getting mad at other drivers. After all, getting mad is not going to change anything.
3. Try a Different Route
The route to work that you currently take may be the most direct, but is it the fastest? Try taking a different route. You might find the traffic is lighter on the back roads.
Varying your route to work will also break up some of the monotony. Even if it does take a little bit longer, a change of scenery will do you good.
4. Listen to Some Calming Music
Chill out on your daily commute with some soothing music. Or, lose yourself in a good audio book.
Music lowers the blood pressure and reduces stress. Listening to music will make your drive more bearable and you will arrive at work in a much better mood.
5. Change Your Working Hours
Have you thought about changing your working hours? Some jobs demand regular office hours, but many don’t.
Have a word with your boss and see if it would be OK to arrive and leave an hour later. You will still get the same amount of work done, but you could miss the worst of the peak hour traffic.
6. Don’t Take It Personally
If another driver does something stupid or dangerous, try to let it go. Everyone is in the same situation in the rush hour. Everyone is getting frustrated.
When someone does do something annoying, don’t take it personally. You don’t know them, and they don’t know you. They are probably just as late for work as you are, so they are not thinking straight.
7. Join a Car Pool
Join a car pool so you that you don’t have to drive every day. Even if you are driving, having some company will help make the time pass.
Car pools are also good for the environment. The more people share cars, the fewer cars there are on the road.
Many states and cities have carpool schemes. These schemes will help you find people to share your commute with. Most of them also offer rewards for carpooling as well.
8. Use Traffic Apps
You can avoid some of the traffic by using traffic apps. You could listen to the radio, but then you must wait for the traffic report to find out the areas to avoid.
9. Accept That You Will Be Late Sometimes
If you are running late, accept it. Phone your boss (safely) and explain that you are stuck in traffic.
Once you have accepted that you will be late, you will stop worrying about it.
If you don’t make a habit of being late, any reasonable boss will understand that it happens sometimes.
10. If You Get Too Stressed, Take a Break
If your blood begins to boil and you feel like you are about to snap, pull over and take a break. Take five minutes, get out of your car, and have a stroll.
It’s much safer and healthier to take five minutes to cool down than it would be to press on regardless.
Take those deep breaths that we already mentioned and calm down!
There are more important things in life to worry about than getting to work on time every day!
Commuting to Work – Driving Safely
When you are in a rush to get to work, it’s easy to forget some of the basic driving safety precautions.
You probably know these driving safety tips already. But, just in case, here are ten tips to make your daily drive to work safer.
1. Don’t Drive Aggressively
If you do get angry, don’t take it out on the gas pedal!
Getting angry and driving aggressively causes accidents. It could also make you the target of someone else’s road rage.
2. Watch Out for Bright Sunlight
The morning and evening commute often coincide with the sun rising or setting. When you are sitting in a car, you can get dazzled by bright sunlight.
Keep your windshield clean, use the car’s sun visors, and wear a pair of polarized of sunglasses.
If the sun is very bright, slow down and turn on your headlights so that other drivers can see you.
3. Don’t Hold Your Phone in Your Hands
According to the National Safety Council, using a cell phone while driving causes 1.6 million car crashes a year.
Many of those accidents happen because people are texting while driving.
Texting while driving is now illegal in many states. So, switch your phone off when you are driving. Or, use an app like DriveSafe.ly, which will read your text and email messages to you.
4. Wear Appropriate Footwear
High heels can get caught on car floor mats. Open shoes or sandals can come off when you are driving or get caught under the pedals.
Wear comfortable sneakers or low-heeled shoes when you are driving. You can change into your work shoes when you arrive.
5. Don’t Get Distracted
Finally, don’t allow yourself to get distracted when you are commuting to work in your car.
It can be boring sitting in a line of traffic. That doesn’t mean that it’s time to read a book or put the finishing touches on your makeup.
Accidents can happen at any time, even in slow traffic, so stay alert, and keep your eyes on the road.
6. Buckle Up
Seat belts are compulsory in all states except New Hampshire. But only two thirds of Americans always wear a seat belt.
Wearing seat belt reduces the risk of death in a crash by 45%. As most car crashes occur during the rush hour, it makes sense to always wear your seat belt on your commute to work.
7. Don’t Speed
In many cities, the chances of being able to speed during the rush hour are non-existent. Even so, if you do get an opportunity to put the pedal to the metal, don’t exceed the speed the speed limit.
According the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding killed 9,717 people in 2017. It’s not worth the risk just to make up five minutes on the way to work.
8. Take the Safest Route
If you can, avoid the accident black spots on your way to work.
These might be confusing intersections, or places were lane merging is always tricky.
If you know of a place where there are frequent crashes, try to find a route that avoids it.
9. Be Wary of Other Drivers
Stay alert to what other drivers are doing. Use your mirrors to see what is happening behind you. Look several cars ahead of you so that you can anticipate problems.
However careful you may be, you can’t ever guarantee what other drivers will do. So, stay alert and try to anticipate danger before it happens. Make sure you leave plenty of distance breaking and yield if you need to.
10. No Racing and No Getting Even!
The rush hour can be a very frustrating time of the day to drive. Especially if another driver overtakes you illegally or cuts in line. If it happens, don’t get angry and don’t try to get even.
When drivers retaliate for someone’s bad driving, that’s when things can escalate. Let it go. It probably only saved them a few seconds anyway.
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