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Highway TrafficEven the calmest drivers can get frustrated while driving to work in heavy traffic. With 130 million American employees hitting the road every day, it can be difficult to stay relaxed while driving. However, if you can find ways to relax while driving, you're more likely to stay safe on the road. These relaxation methods can also protect your well-being by reducing cortisol and blood pressure levels.
Here are four stress-reducing driving tips.
  1. Plan in advance: Having fewer chores to do each morning will keep you running on time, while keeping you from feeling panicked about getting all those chores done last minute. Each evening, pack both you and your kids' lunches, choose the next day's outfit and set a timer on the coffee maker. Trimming even tens minutes off your morning routine could provide a significant relief and lower your stress levels before you even reach your car.
  2. Utilize flexible hours: Although some companies maintain rigid works hours, many jobs are now allowing their employees more versatility in scheduling in order to provide a better work-home balance. Speak with your supervisor to try to work from 10 to 6 instead of 9 to 5, or whatever hours are best for the schedule. Missing the majority of rush hour traffic can help to eliminate many of the sources of driving-related stress.
  3. Turn on the radio: While it's vital that you keep a clear head while behind the wheel, it's still possible to remove yourself somewhat from driving-related frustrations by listening to music while in the car. Studies have shown that classical music in particular can lower blood pressure and anxiety levels. If you're not a fan of listening to music while driving, try an audio book, a talk radio show or learning a new language.
  4. Put the phone down: Talking on the phone, texting and checking emails while driving isn't just dangerous, but it is also a source of stress if you are dealing with an irritating conversation or reading an e-mail about a problem at the office. Today's world makes information accessible and current, but it'll all be there once you're off the open road.
Learn about more ways to stay safe on the road. Call Pro Player Insurance Group at (954) 316-4662 for more information on Fort Lauderdale auto insurance.
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