Top 10: Stress-free driving
Our latest survey found that 85% of people admitted to being affected by road rage at least once whilst driving. 67% stated that they'd been a victim of road rage in the last twelve months. Our ten tips for stress-free driving will help you feel calmer when behind the wheel.
- Plan your route in advance. It may also be worth looking at one or two alternative routes in case you hit bad traffic – especially if you're driving during rush hour.
- Leave early. Our latest survey found that 58% of people felt calmer in the car when they had plenty of time to complete their journey.
- Keep a map in your car – even if you plan to use a satnav. Getting lost can be stressful and you can't always rely on technology to help you.
- Get a good night's sleep if preparing for a long drive. Our survey found that young drivers are the age group most likely to feel frustrated when driving after a late night or tiring day.
- A stressful day can contribute to road rage. Try to be relaxed before starting your journey.
- If you feel yourself becoming frustrated while driving try playing some calming music! 46% of people we surveyed said this helped them.
- Check the weather forecast before you leave and prepare accordingly. Severe weather conditions may affect your journey time.
- Be considerate to other road users. Receiving a smile or a thank you after letting someone out of a junction might just restore your faith in other drivers.
- If another road user has irritated you and you think it's affecting your driving, try and find somewhere safe to stop for a few moments. Nothing is worth compromising your safety and those around you.
- Unexpected incidents such as a breakdown can be really stressful. Read our 'Top 10: Things to keep in your car' so you're more prepared for any situation that may arise.