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.
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.
*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.