Commuting is a customary practice for pretty much all Americans. With some roughly 300 million drivers in the US, you are bound to encounter congested traffic. We are here to remind you that it doesn't have to be stressful. Here are some of our suggestions on how to calm your nerves and chill behind the wheel.
#1: Time Management
You should see what you can get done the night before work, like packing lunch, taking out the garbage, picking out your outfit, or presetting your coffee machine, so you don't spend your morning juggling multiple chores. You will feel more relaxed once you've crossed those items off your to-do list.
#2: Listen to Relaxing Music
Listening to chill music can make your drive much more delightful. Choose genres like lofi and classical to lower your blood pressure and anxiety levels.
#3: Play a Podcast or Audiobook
Audiobooks and podcasts are great sources to listen to pass the time in traffic. Think of your wait time in traffic as a time for self-improvement.
#4: Keep Your Phone Out of Sight
Your phone is the biggest distraction there is. With notification blowing you up, it can lead you to more stress. Besides, you shouldn't be on your phone in the first place. Most states have laws against texting and driving and phone calling and driving. Many vehicle-related accidents and deaths result from distractions from your phone. Make sure you mute notifications whenever you get behind the wheel.
We hope some of these tips help relieve the pain and stress of sitting in traffic. If you need any auto repair or maintenance service, give us a call or visit Ripley's Total Car Care.