We’ve just been on a pretty long car trip, and I have got to say, the kids were surprisingly well behaved. But I know that it isn’t always a relaxing experience for everyone; many can find a road trip pretty stressful. But children in the car aside, the dangers on the road can be enough to put your blood pressure up, especially if you’re driving abroad and on the other side of the road. However, there are plenty of ways to de-stress when you’re driving, which will help keep the trip fun for everyone. Whether you’re in a rental car, your own car, or using used cars, here are some of the ways to make a stress-free road trip possible.
Take Time To Prepare
Taking some time to plan for your road trip can do a lot to ease any possible stress. For instance, making sure that you get a good night’s sleep the night before can really help. Planning your route ahead of time can be a good way to plan in regular breaks, which will keep you alert and stop you feeling tired.
Leaving early on the day of the trip, if possible, can be a good idea. Then you will avoid rush hour traffic that can make your stress levels high, especially when it is an area that is unknown to you. You won’t take risks to get there by a certain time either, so given yourself plenty of time to get there.
Familiarising yourself with the rules of the road can be a good way to travel well. Plotting out the routes and checking on local traffic laws will help avoid potential problems when you’re on the road.
Of course, checking the car before you go is a good idea. Even if it is a rental car, don’t just presume that al is well with it. Check tires, fuel, and that things like lights and indicators are working. Then you can try to avoid any hazards or breakdowns along the way.
Be Courteous To Other Road Users
The best drivers are the ones that interact well with other road users. They also usually enjoy a less stressful journey as a result.
Checking your mirrors regularly, keeping out of blind spots, as well as checking your own blind spot, is a good way to travel stress-free. Avoid making gestures of frustration as it will ease the possible irritation of a long road trip. Showing friendly manners to other drivers who are merging or turning is another way of reducing stress and avoid any potential accidents.
Create a Good Atmosphere in Your Car
Being comfortable, having some good music on, and a car at the right temperature can be a way to create a nice and relaxing atmosphere in the car. That can be a surefire way to have a relaxed trip, when you feel nice and comfortable. It is also helpful for drivers to talk with fellow passengers, ahead of time, to discuss possible causes of stress and how to avoid them on the trip. If you have passengers, then get them to help you to spot road signs or to give you the directions. Then you can only focus on the road.
What helps you on a long road trip?