Worried About Getting Behind the Wheel Again? Here Are Some Tips for a Less Stressful Driving Experience

Driving is something that a lot of people take for granted, as it is so heavily ingrained into our daily lives. We drive to work, we drive to school, we drive to restaurants, we drive to see friends and family, and some people even drive to relieve stress and just get away from it all for a moment. 

However, for some people, driving can be an extremely stressful experience. To some, the idea of piloting a multi-ton vehicle down a busy street armed with only their knowledge of the rules of the road and the faith that other drivers are following the rules is not a comforting thought. This is why Scholfield Honda has come up with the following tips to hopefully make for a less stressful driving experience.

1. Take Deep Breaths

Taking a moment to focus on your breathing is often cited as being one of the best ways to calm your mood and reduce stress. This is for good reason. Studies have shown that diaphragmatic breathing can do wonders for decreasing stress levels and regulating blood pressure during stressful situations.

Next time you are about to hit the road, start by taking a moment to perform some deep breaths before pulling out of the driveway. You could also take deep breaths while you are actually driving, or, if you feel yourself getting anxious, pull over to the side of the road or into a parking lot. Remember, there’s nothing wrong with taking a small break!

2. Do Away with Road Rage

Road rage is something that a lot of drivers deal with. Unfortunately for many people, their immediate response to an unfavorable situation or a reckless driver is to become angry. We recommend that, whenever you are placed into a situation where another driver is making you uncomfortable or frustrated, you go into staying calm-mode instead of anger-mode. 

This can be difficult at first, but, making a conscious effort to avoid becoming angry, will do wonders for your driving experience. Most of the time, other drivers are not intentionally trying to make you angry or put you in danger. Stay calm, don’t honk, and let them be. Involving yourself is only going to make the situation worse. Let them carry on with their life and allow yourself to carry on with yours.

3. Listen to Relaxing Music

Listening to music is something that a lot of people do to help alleviate boredom and make their driving experience more enjoyable. However, depending on the person, music can also prove to be a distraction to someone who is driving. 

Excessively loud or lyrical music can distract you from the road and cause you to not hear important audio cues like car horns or emergency vehicle sirens. If you don’t want to completely get rid of music altogether, you could instead play some soothing songs or instrumental music to help calm the nerves.

4. Don’t Talk or Text

Laws regarding texting and driving have significantly tightened in the last few years and for good reason. Texting or being on the phone while you’re driving can be seriously distracting and is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. If you are someone who already becomes anxious when driving, then introducing unnecessary distractions will only worsen your experience and put you at more risk.

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Consider silencing, putting away, and even completely shutting off your phone when you know that you are going to be driving. In addition, even having other people in the car while you’re on the road can prove to be distracting while you’re driving. If you have to have other people in the car with you, let them know that you would prefer not to talk, so that you can focus solely on the road.

5. Practice, Practice, Practice

What’s that one phrase? Practice makes perfect? That’s the one.

If you want to improve your ability as a driver and become more comfortable with the driving experience, then the best thing to do is continue to practice on a regular basis. Whether this means signing up for some driving lessons, driving with someone who’s close to you to help soothe your nerves, or just going on small drives when traffic has died down, practice does indeed make perfect.

6. Drive a Vehicle That Prioritizes Safety

Want to know another way to lower your stress levels while driving? Drive a new Honda. All of the latest Honda-manufactured vehicles are equipped with the latest in driver-safety and assistance technology. The Honda Sensing Suite allows you access to an array of state-of-the-art safety features, including Lane-Keeping Assistance*, Collision Mitigation Braking System™* when a collision is unavoidable, and Road Departure Mitigation* to prevent drifting.

Looking to invest in a new car and bring your driving experience to the next level? Visit Scholfield Honda and check out our vehicles featuring the Honda Sensing Suite today!

*LKAS only assists driver in maintaining proper lane position when lane markings are identified without a turn signal in use and can only apply mild steering torque to assist. LKAS may not detect all lane markings; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions. Depending on the circumstances, CMBS™ may not go through all the alert stages before initiating the last stage (of collision mitigation). CMBS™ cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by high interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.Road Departure Mitigation only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use and can apply mild steering torque to assist driver in maintaining proper lane position and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle’s departure from a detected lane. Road Departure Mitigation may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

Scholfield Honda’s 2020 Fall Fest Paint-A-Car Contest

Over the years, Scholfield Honda’s Fall Fest has garnered a bit of a reputation. It’s an event that the community looks forward to each year due to its typical camaraderie, festive food and entertainment. Though 2020 forced some changes to the typical format, it didn’t take away from the fun!

On Oct. 17, Scholfield hosted an open house at its East Kellogg showroom and invited the community to come watch a little magic for a good cause. Local artists competed in a one-of-a-kind, live painting event in which they decked the sides of 2021 Hondas with artwork inspired by four local non-profits. All participating would receive $500 toward their charity and the winning artists, with the most community votes, would receive a grand prize of $1,000. 

That day, the Honda showroom was buzzing with excitement and the creativity was flowing! Though painting a vehicle was a new medium for these artists, the results didn’t show it. In just a few hours, talented local artists transformed blank canvases into beautiful works of art representing Beauties and Beasts, Harbor House, Mark Arts and Wichita Children’s Home.

During the event, Scholfield Honda encouraged and practiced safe social distancing among guests, while also showcasing the event on Facebook Live for those wanting to tune in from home. 

Check out this timelapse video to see the artists in action!

Online and in-person voting was open to the public from Oct. 19-30. Scholfield had hoped to reach 1,000 votes, but the end result of 3,268 votes far exceeded everyone’s goals. Roger Scholfield and his team were blown away with the amount of community engagement and participation! So much so, that Roger donated $1,000 to all four non-profits! He also paid each artist $300 for their time, talent and materials. 

Scholfield Honda is proud to support the Wichita community and its local artists. Thank you to all who participated and voted in this special event!

The Winning Design

Harbor House

With Art Students from Friends University

Congratulations to the art students at Friends University for this beautiful representation of Harbor House, a Catholic Charities shelter for individuals and families suffering from domestic violence that offers a safe place to stay and support services for victims.

About the Artists

Artists German Andrade, Bella Smith, and Amanda Williams are passionate about creating and giving back to the community any chance they get. This is the first time they have teamed up on a collaborative art piece. They enjoyed bringing their unique perspective to the table in order to showcase and advocate for Catholic Charities Harbor House.


Supporting Designs

Beauties and Beasts

With Artist Kate Harter

Thank you to artist Kate Harter for her adorable design representing Beauties and Beasts, a death-row animal rescue that places animals in foster homes where they can receive the care and training needed to become family pets.

About the Artist

Kate enjoys a multitude of art mediums, including suibokuga, digital, and acrylics. She is a second-year student at Wichita State University planning to become an animator.


Mark Arts

With Artist Charlotte Patterson

Thank you to artist Charlotte Patterson for her whimsical design representing Mark Arts, an art gallery and educational center offering instruction for adults, teens and children in painting, drawing, culinary arts and more!

About the Artist

Charlotte teaches sculpture at Mark Arts. Although clay is her favorite, she enjoys painting as well. When she is not teaching; she changes roles and sits in the students’ seats. She has had work accepted in juried shows and received honorable mentions.

Wichita Children’s Home

With Artist Heather Byers

Thank you to artist Heather Byers for her vibrant design representing Wichita Children’s Home, the only emergency, temporary residential shelter for children in our community.

About the Artist

Like many artists, drawing and painting has been a lifelong pursuit for Heather. These days, murals and public art have been her focus. Heather’s first step into the arena of public art came with a collaborative 72 foot mural on the corner of Poplar and Douglas as part of Avenue Art Days. Since then, she has done multiple mural projects along East Douglas as well as in Pawnee Prairie and Osage Parks, Newman University, Mayberry Middle School, and businesses in Wichita and Oklahoma City.