Because April is National Stress Awareness Month, what better time to bring to light the toll driving can take on you? It’s no secret that driving can be stressful – and people deal with this stress in different ways. Some people turn to road rage and excessive anger over driving, while others are able to stay calm the entire time. There does seem to be a correlation with how stress affects someone based on how long they have been driving. New drivers are more likely to freak out over regular driving occurrences, while more experienced drivers have more numbed feelings towards them.
Drivers cite different things that stress them out while in the car. For some, it’s the fear of getting into an accident or hurting someone. For others, the constant hitting of brakes or swerving to avoid things keeps their stress levels elevated. You can also become stressed due to other drivers – when they don’t turn on their signal lights, when they abruptly stop, when they cut you off (the list goes on). In fact, stress has affected drivers so much that people have been known to shoot fellow drivers over road rage. Because you can’t get out of the car when driving, it leads to an inevitable cycle of feeling stuck in an unsafe or dangerous place.
Never fear! There are ways to cope with driving stress. When you feel overly stressed out on the road, try to think of calming things. Turn on some peaceful music, or chat with the person beside you to vent. Consider leaving early so you aren’t stressed about being late, or by getting stuck in traffic. Also, by clearly obeying traffic laws you can lower your stress – you don’t have to worry about getting pulled over!
You and other drivers on the road can make bad decisions while stressed. This can lead to accidents, or you may be pulled over. For any incident you may come into, Tad Morlan is here to help. With over 25 years of experience in representing drivers for accidents and tickets, call Tad Morlan today for a free, no-obligation consultation.