May 14th, 2013 in Interesting Facts
Your driving instructor probably told you that it’s important to get into good habits right from the start: check the position of your mirrors; always wear a seatbelt; check your tyre pressures regularly etc. It’s equally important to ensure that you have good habits relating to how you sit at the wheel, have a look at my previous 6 tips, and how you approach the task of driving. If you’re in a hurry, or worried about getting lost, that anxiety will appear in your body as muscular tension. And if that tension hangs around for too long, it can lead to head-aches, stiff shoulders, neck pain and back problems. So here are some tips to help you take care of yourself mentally and physically when you’re on the road:
1) If you’re the kind of person who is over-optimistic about journey times (aka late), leave earlier!
2) Having said that, if you are unexpectedly caught in a traffic jam, accept the situation calmly. As a wise person once said, “Better to be 5 minutes late in this life, than early in the next.”
3) Especially if you don’t have sat-nav, allow time before your journey to check you know where you’re going, and to plan your route.
4) Keep a sense of perspective. Frustrated because you’re stuck behind a learner-driver? - Remind yourself that you were once in their shoes. Irritated because you’re trapped behind an elderly person who is driving painfully slowly? - Take a moment to recognise that may be you one day. Overtaken on the inside? Forced to brake by someone pulling out in front of you? - Don’t let other people’s bad driving get to you.
5) If driving conditions become tricky – for example, you spot an accident ahead or need to reverse into a tight parking spot – prevent mental overload by cutting out distractions: e.g. turn off the radio, stop talking to your friend in the passenger seat etc.
6) If you’re lucky enough to be driving through pleasant scenery, enjoy it!