Reducing Stress & Fatigue

Driving whilst you are tired or stressed can reduce your concentration and tolerance levels, thus increasing your risk of becoming involved in an accident. Being stressed will also make you far less patient with the behaviour of other drivers. Use the following tips to help reduce stress and fatigue on your next journey.

  • Make sure that you have planned your route before you set off and you know exactly where you are going. Not only will this help you to save fuel, but it will also ensure that your stress levels are kept to a minimum.
  • Always leave plenty of time to reach your destination. Arrange any appointments you have realistically so that you don't have a mad rush to get from one to the next.
  • If you have an early morning meeting some distance away, drive there the night before and stay over if at all possible.
  • Make sure that you only eat lightly before setting off; a heavy meal can make you feel lethargic.
  • When you get into the car, make sure that you are comfortable. Adjust your seat, head restraint, mirrors and seatbelt correctly.
  • Make a conscious decision to leave all your problems behind whilst your drive, and tell yourself that no matter how other drivers behave or what problems you encounter, you won't let it get to you.
  • Be calm and cool, and remember driving should be enjoyable, not competitive.