In order to be a safe driver, it is vital to remain conscious of the world around you so that you can keep both yourself and others alive. Some of the easiest things to do while driving are to zone out and worry about the future, or to get angry about the actions of other drivers surrounding you. This is why it is super important to remain calm and aware while on the road. Here are five tips to stay in the zone while driving:
- Listen to music that keeps you alert, motivated, and confident to be driving. Listening to songs that have sad undertones or deeper meanings (which we can appreciate at times) can cause the mind to wander which can negatively affect your driving. So my advice is to pick songs that are real “bops.” Songs that will make you feel good and therefore drive good. Some of my favorite songs to drive to are Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears, The Nights by Avicii, When You Were Young by The Killers, and Love Grows by Edison Lighthouse. Basically, pick anything that makes you feel in the moment and ready to drive.
- Sometimes when we drive we might get sleepy and stop paying attention, so one thing that I like to do is keep a peculiarly scented air freshener in my car that is guaranteed to keep me awake. If this doesn’t work, give yourself a pinch or blast some music.
- One of the hardest times to be mindful is when we are angry. It can be very easy to say things that you might regret in the future, which is something that you will want to avoid. Road rage is very common, but in order to stay mindful you need to accept that you are feeling upset without interacting with that feeling. Try some deep breathing exercises (check out my previous “5,4,3,2,1” post) and turn on some soothing music.
- We all feel ourselves zoning out sometimes when we drive. This can be dangerous to both yourself and others, so it is important to stay mindful and aware of the fact that you are operating a vehicle with dangerous potentials. Take in your surroundings if you feel yourself fading away, and check your mirrors to see if there are any pedestrians (which you may feel free to observe for a second). Reminding yourself that you are in the real world is extremely important.
- Most of us make the unconscious choice to interact with our thoughts while we are driving (it gets boring sometimes), which can distract us from the task at hand by making us too excited or distressed. This is why it is important to be mindful of which thoughts we are interacting with, and when we ought to think about something different.
Hope this helped anyone who is stressed about driving!