Driving is one of the most stressful moments of the day, traffic jams, drivers who queue-jump, slow drivers. There are plenty of daily situations in which we lose our temper when driving. Almost 93% of drivers become impatient and irritable. Nerves, stress and anger become great dangers on the road.
Prevensis has carried out a study using the Zen Car, a car that is able to measure the driver’s emotional responses. The study revealed the high stress levels of Spaniards behind the wheel. This is the reason why Zen Driving has started, an initiative with the aim to inculcate a number of guidelines based on the zen principles for driving to be pleasurable and not a moment of tension.
- Take it slow. Watching the time every 5 seconds will only increase stress. Try to leave early so that you can be calmer, drive as if you had all the time in the world.
- Breathe deeply. It will help you relax, concentrate and calm down.
- Relax your body. If your body is in tension, you will feel even more stressed. Relax your hands, sit down comfortably ad relax your legs. Follow these steps and you will avoid the risk of contractures.
- Follow the pace of traffic. It makes no sense to accelerate and afterwards hit the brakes, you are not going to arrive earlier. You will only lose control and feel overwhelmed.
- Do not accelerate the car too much. Apart from damaging the car, it will make you feel speeded up and become impatient.
- Keep your space. Avoid getting too close to the car in front of you. Keeping the safety distance will help you not to get agitated.
- Avoid distractions. Do not use your mobile phone, GPS or radio in a traffic jam. Apart from being dangerous, you will only feel speeded up.
- Be kind. Like the smile, good actions are contagious. Do not do to others what you would not have done to you.