How to Reduce Stress When Driving in the City Centre

Tips to reduce the stress of city driving

Driving in a city centre can be a stressful experience. While you may see yourself as a confident and sensible driver who follows the highway code strictly, not all drivers are the same. While a junction at 10 o’clock on a Saturday morning may be easy to pass through, rush hour at 8 o’clock on a Monday morning is a completely different scenario – especially if you’re trying to drive through a busy city centre. Whether you’re driving through the narrow roads of London, expressways in Birmingham or traffic jammed streets of Manchester, city centre driving is not always the most comfortable experience to say the least.

Driving when you’re stressed comes with ramifications; if you can’t stay on top of this stress, you are at risk of damaging your car and – more importantly – risking your own safety and that of others around you. Here we give you some tips on how to reduce stress when you’re driving through the city centre.

Plan Your Journey

Planning your journey may seem like a very simple and obvious thing to do – even somewhat unnecessary if it is a journey you do everyday. However, planning your journey ahead and giving yourself an extra 15-30 minutes to get to where you need to be (especially if you do not know the roads you are going to be driving on) is very important. If you do not familiarise yourself with where you are going to be going, you could be in for a nasty surprise when you find yourself at a junction that has a very different layout to the five year old software on your sat-nav.

Giving yourself extra time and planning your journey will also help you to prepare for any unforeseen events.  There may be road closures, road works, and road alterations that you and your sat-nav may not be aware of. Remember to check the traffic updates before you head off, as you’ll be able to see what’s going on.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

If you are finding yourself at a heavily congested junction, make sure you have next to no distractions. Even if just for a while, turn off your radio or music, and make sure you are not using your hands-free either.

You need to make sure you have peak concentration, and are paying attention to everything that is going on around you. From people crossing the roads to unpredictable drivers and roadworks, there’s a lot going on in city centre roads. Pair this with peak rush hour and you’ve got a recipe for a stressful journey. If you minimise any distractions you can control and stay hyper-aware of your surroundings; you’ll be surprised at how much stress is reduced.

Assume the Worst

Just because you may be paying attention to everything that is going on around you, it does not mean that other drivers will be as well. You need to assume that all the drivers on the road are bad drivers, and be prepared for what they might do. Assume that every driver will not leave enough space and does not know where they are going. Brace yourself for every eventuality  – you don’t know if the car next to you is driving illegally or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

While this may seem to be very judgemental, you cannot read the minds of drivers around you and, by being extra cautious, it means that you are less likely to find yourself in a situation where the worst happens.

Drive the Perfect Car

One thing that can completely alleviate a stressful journey is having the right car. Ensuring that you have a comfortable drive, comfortable seats and the safest car possible can all do its part to make you feel as at ease as possible when driving in the city.

With Fairsquare, you have a huge range of new and used cars to choose from to make your journey as comfortable as possible and, with a range of car finance options, you will find no better deal than the Fairsquare way.

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