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Don't DRIVE yourself to stress - Stress Free Driving

by Kate

picture by Keng Susumpow flickr.com

picture by Keng Susumpow flickr.com

You’re stuck in a traffic jam and you've got a million things you need to be doing. The kids are fighting in the back of the car and you've still got two more hours of driving to get through. Know the feeling?



Driving can be a very stressful experience and one which can ruin your day too. But even though you can't avoid some of the stress of driving there a few things you can do to help reduce the chances of becoming stressed or at the very least to help you cope with it better.



  • Plan your route - if you are going on a long journey to somewhere you haven't been before, plan your route ahead of time. This avoids those stressful map reading arguments or worse getting lost frustrations.




  • Listen to the traffic news on the radio before you leave – Avoiding traffic jams and tail backs can not only save you time but can also help you avoid stress.




  • Vehicle maintenance – make sure your vehicle is up to the journey ahead. Breaking down can be a major stressor, so avoid it by making sure you have enough fuel in the car and are sure that your car is in good working condition.




  • Drive smoothly – Constantly accelerating and then braking can not only make the journey very bumpy physically it can also start to wear on you and your passages nerves. 




  • Keep the kids entertained – Make sure there are plenty of things in the car to keep the children amused for the length of the journey. Plan things for them to do when you notice them becoming knaggy. Also keep a few snacks in the car to beat of the hunger pangs and moans. Happy kids equal a happy stress free journey.




  • Leave early – To avoid build up of traffic start your journey early and arrive at your destination with lots of the day left, feeling relaxed and ready to take on the day.

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