Simple Steps to Enjoy Your Everyday Drive
It’s estimated that over 76 percent of Americans drive alone to work every day, while another 9 percent carpool with someone else. It’s true – commuting can be a drag, but it can also be dangerous if you get distracted or become complacent. To help, we’ve put a few tips together to help you have a safe, smooth, and stress-free drive to and from work.
Plan ahead – Prepare your clothes the night before, plus any food and drink you may need. Get up early in the morning to give yourself more time to get ready without rushing out the door feeling stressed. If you’re in a hurry, you’re more likely to speed and make mistakes on the road.
Concentrate – The daily commute can be boring, but it’s important not to lose focus. Start each journey as if it’s an adventure. A change of route might help to keep you focused on the road ahead. Keep distractions to a minimum so that you can concentrate.
Keep cool – Road rage doesn’t do anyone any good. If another driver is being confrontational or aggressive, don’t make eye contact and definitely don’t react.
Share the road – Driving on familiar roads can often be the most dangerous because there’s a risk of driving on autopilot and ignoring what’s happening around you. Stick to the speed limits and be aware of cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians.
Listen to music – Make a playlist of music and songs that will lift your spirits and take your mind off any stresses on the road.
Get into work mode – Use your daily commute to mentally plan for the day ahead so that you can hit the ground running. Take advantage of your commuting time to problem solve or think of ways to make your working day go by smoothly.
Look after your vehicle – Every car needs regular car maintenance, whether they’re doing 100 miles a week or a day. Top up the coolant level, check the oil, top up the tires, and schedule regular servicing.
Car share – Most car commuters travel on their own, but have you thought about carpooling? Not only does it save on fuel costs, but having company makes the time fly by!