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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.

Driving tips to avoid stress

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. A stressful day can contribute to road rage. Try to be relaxed before starting your journey.

  6. If you feel yourself becoming frustrated while driving try playing some calming music! 46% of people we surveyed said this helped them.

  7. Check the weather forecast before you leave and prepare accordingly. Severe weather conditions may affect your journey time.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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ingenie is a car insurance brand for young drivers aged 17-25. We fit a black box in your car to assess your driving style. We'll review your policy 3 times a year and those who drive well could receive a discount.

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