stress management in driving

Coping with stress while driving

Many people spend a lot of time in the car these days. Due to the professional situation, many employees have to travel long distances by car. For others, driving a car is part of the job itself. Driving a car often becomes a not inconsiderable Stress factor. The pulse races, the hands get wet, the blood pressure rises: under time pressure and annoyed by nagging passengers, a red traffic light wave or the traffic situation itself, the Accident risk.

However, frequent and permanent stress situations can also have long-term consequences: These include Imbalancea diminished memory or increased aggression. There is also a risk of chronic fatigue, an increased risk of heart attack and a weakening of the immune system. Adrenaline rushes can have dangerous consequences, especially when driving a car. People who are stressed out no longer concentrate on driving and make mistakesby making hectic and wrong decisions.

Stress does not only arise in the car, but often even before getting into the car. A big mistake is to get into a car under the influence of great emotions or to use the car ride for brooding or thinking. You should always be 100 percent focused on driving.

Tips to avoid stress at the wheel

  • Before you go, ask about the Parking situation at your destination.
  • Check a good view by adjusting the mirrors.
  • Set a radio station that plays quiet music, such as classical music. This slows down the pulse and thus promotes inner peace.
  • Or listen to your Favourite musicthat trigger positive emotions in you and push the stress into the background.
  • Singing along cheerfully also lowers the stress level. Of course, this should not get out of hand and impair attention.
  • Plan a temporal appointment buffer in order not to be immediately under time pressure due to small delays on the road.
  • If you notice that you cannot keep an appointment and will be late, stop and inform by phone about your delay. In this way you take away the pressure and increase the understanding of the waiting people.
  • Use the traffic jam and traffic light breaksto relax the body by loosening the arms and legs, for example.

No stress with other road users

  • Say thank you with stretched thumb upwards for considerate driving other.
  • If you have made a mistake, please apologize with an appropriate gesture.
  • Do not overinterpret the behaviour and emotions of other drivers and do not allow negative emotions to pressure or incite you.

Stress trigger mobile phone

If the mobile phone rings while driving, this causes stress. Those who do not have a hands-free system also risk a substantial fine. So try to avoid unimportant phone calls if possible.

You should always avoid checking or writing messages while driving!

Minimise stress when travelling with children

  • Laying many breaks that provide for movement. As a rule of thumb, make an average of one stop every hour and do not drive more than 500 kilometres per day.
  • Avoid the peak travel times if possible, so as not to prolong the journey unnecessarily.
  • For entertainment, the favourite cuddly toys of the children are not missing. Even small games like "I see something you don't" or simple card games can loosen up long journeys. Also Music and movies help of course.
  • As a driver, you should leave the caring, if possible, to the passenger to avoid being distracted.
  • In summer we recommend Sun shields and suitable clothing to keep the heat from becoming a torture for the little passengers.
  • Always use resealable bottles for drinking.