Top tips to stay calm when driving
Driving can be a stressful experience, especially when faced with other road users who might be out to cause a nuisance.
As such, road safety and vehicle breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist has offered some helpful tips on how to remain calm when at the wheel. Here's what the organisation suggests:
- Remember that other drivers are people too – ordinary people, just like yourself and everyone makes mistakes from time to time.
- Driving isn't a competition – avoid the temptation to try and 'get even' when out on the roads.
- Make a pledge to show restraint. It's important to avoid becoming irate, as that can affect your own ability to drive safely.
- Be courteous to other drivers – say thank you, sorry, etc. You might be surprised how quickly a difficult situation can be resolved simply by showing a little common courtesy for others.
- Avoid trouble, if you can. When you feel a situation may be leading to cross words or an angry exchange, just keep on driving. Don't get sucked in to a situation that could lead to trouble.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth explained: "It's all about showing consideration, patience and tolerance. We all make mistakes from time to time."
Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "We can all get a bit hot under the collar when faced with inconsiderate drivers. The trick is to remain calm though, as when tempers get frayed, that is when accidents can be more likely to happen."back