If you drive tired, stressed, depressed, annoyed or angry, you are a distracted driver. Many people don’t consider that emotions can take a toll on the way that we drive, but they most definitely do. If your mind is occupied by anything but the task of driving safely, you are distracted and pose a danger to yourself and others on the road. Here’s what you can do.
- Angry or Upset?
You get into the car just moments after getting bad news. You get into an argument with your teenager just seconds before you get behind the wheel. Before you head off down the road, take a few deep breaths. If that doesn’t work, get out of the car and take a brisk walk down the block. You may think that you don’t have time, but you’ll be even later getting to your destination if you get into an accident.
There are a few steps you can take to rid yourself of depression so that you can drive. One such step is working to focus all of your energy on the road ahead. Turn on the radio, listen to a humorous audiobook or tune into talk radio. Do something that will help you focus on driving. If you find that you simply cannot concentrate on the road, consider getting a ride or opting for public transportation.
- Rushed or Hurried?
It’s not unusual for people to feel generally hurried or impatient. We run late and all of a sudden find ourselves leaving our houses 10 or 15 minutes after our normal time. If being hurried starts to happen to you more often than not, adjust your schedule. Plan on leaving before you need to. You will be less likely to get frustrated with slow drivers, heavy traffic or even backups.
Research has shown that people in the grips of emotion operate their vehicles in a similar manner to those that are intoxicated. Reaction times are slowed, they fail to recognize dangerous situation as quickly as necessary, and they lose precise or subtle driving skills. If you are feeling emotional, take some time to steady yourself before you get behind the wheel.
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