Ef­fects of dri­ving whi­le stres­sed, an­gry or ti­red

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - News -

W­het­her you’re calm, ner­vous or hot­tem­pe­red, your per­so­na­li­ty af­fects the way you d­ri­ve. Don’t let your e­mo­ti­ons dic­ta­te the way you d­ri­ve. W­hen stress occurs due to ot­her dri­vers’ lack of cour­te­sy or reckless­ness, think o­ver the si­tu­a­ti­on. Calm­ly re­a­son your re­spon­se and a­void re­acting in a li­ke man­ner. I­ni­ti­a­te the acti­on u­sing de­fen­si­ve dri­ving techni­ques.

Men­tal and phy­si­cal

Try to a­void dri­ving w­hen up­set or ex­ci­ted. It dra­ma­ti­cal­ly de­cre­a­ses your a­lert­ness and judg­ment. W­hen dri­ving, al­ways try to re­main calm and re­laxed. Do not ho­we­ver, use d­rugs or al­co­hol to re­lax. Al­so, try to a­void stress­ful si­tu­a­ti­ons. If you can not, pull o­ver w­he­re sa­fe and calm do­wn. Al­so, a­void dri­ving w­hen sick be­cau­se you may not be a­ble to re­act as quick­ly as nor­mal­ly.

Dri­ving an­gry is dan­ge­rous to you and ot­her dri­vers. Signs that you are dri­ving an­gry in­clu­de tail­ga­ting, horn-blo­wing at the s­lig­h­test in­con­ve­nien­ce, dri­ving too fast for the con­di­ti­ons and we­a­ving in and out of traf­fic.

You must re­mem­ber that the car is a dan­ge­rous we­a­pon in your hands. If you are wai­ting in rush-hour traf­fic too long you may be­co­me an­gry. If you feel that you are too an­gry to d­ri­ve, t­hen don’t.

Stress and dri­ving are a dan­ge­rous com­bi­na­ti­on. You may be­co­me stres­sed out from the e­ver-in­cre­a­sing de­mands of your per­so­nal li­fe and that stress could trans­la­te in­to a col­li­si­on. As the ten­si­on mounts, judg­ment wa­vers. Re­mem­ber, no­thing is stress­ful un­less we al­low it to be.

Dri­ving w­hen ti­red can be fa­tal. E­very y­e­ar, hund­reds of dri­vers fall a­sleep at the w­heel and ma­ny are kil­led in fa­tal col­li­si­ons. The­se sleepy dri­vers pro­ba­bly thoug­ht t­hey could stay a­wa­ke long e­nough to ar­ri­ve ho­me. T­hey could not stay a­wa­ke. T­hey ne­ver ar­ri­ved ho­me.

A few help­ful hints to stay mo­re a­lert in­clu­de rol­ling do­wn the win­dow and tur­ning up the ra­dio or stop­ping and get­ting so­me cof­fee. If the­se met­hods are not wor­king for you, the most re­spon­si­ble thing you can do is to pull o­ver and rest for a whi­le. Bet­ter to get ho­me la­ter than not at all.

I­na­bi­li­ty to fo­cus

If you are ti­red, you are less a­lert and lo­se your a­bi­li­ty to fo­cus on dri­ving. You may not see ha­zards as soon or re­act as quick­ly, which in­cre­a­ses the pos­si­bi­li­ty of dan­ger. Re­mem­ber you not on­ly need to con­cen­tra­te on w­hat you are doing, but al­so w­hat ot­her dri­vers are doing. If you are sleepy, the on­ly sa­fe cu­re is to get off the ro­ad and rest. If you don’t, you risk not on­ly your li­fe, but al­so the li­ves of ot­hers a­round you.

To keep from get­ting ti­red on a long trip: Get a lot of rest be­fo­re you start;

Don’t ta­ke any d­rugs that can ma­ke you drow­sy;

Don’t d­ri­ve for an ex­ten­ded pe­ri­od of ti­me. Set a com­mon sen­se dai­ly li­mit;

Roll your win­dow do­wn and get so­me fresh air in your fa­ce;

E­mo­ti­ons such as an­ger can be just as dan­ge­rous as dri­ving drunk. Ne­ver ex­press your an­ger on the ro­ad.

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