Five minutes to happier drives! Before driving to any destination I take a few minutes to prepare for the drive. I’ve learned that taking the following steps really help me to focus and deal with driving situations that become apparent during my trips.
- Check the weather – at my location and where I’m going – It may only take a few seconds if you’re staying in your neighborhood; however, if your journey extends more than ten miles, you’ll benefit from knowing.
- Check the traffic/road conditions – If you listen to radio or view TV this task can be achieved while you’re getting dressed. Using my LIVE traffic app reveals results in seconds.
- Take a minute to walk around the car to eyeball the tires, lights and any damage from the last parking lot I used. If I’m not sure of my gas level I check that too.
- As I check my mirrors and put on my seat belt, I adjust my attitude to the temperament needed for the place and time I’ll be driving; that way I can keep my blood pressure in check.
- I choose my distractions. It’s true, driving is a full-time and attention task. I choose devices and activities accordingly. I automatically turn on my speakerphone “for incoming emergencies only” if I’m not using my GPS. My phone is in the bag ensuring that if I need it I’ll have to pull over. I adjust the music level and take a deep breath before pulling off.
Most of the time I can get all this done in less than five minutes, giving me additional time to get to my intended location (stuff happens). It took me a while to form this routine. I realized that when I didn’t perform these one minute tasks my driving experience suffered. Since driving is usually the first and last part of most daily activities I encounter outside my home I prefer safe and pleasant journeys. Maybe you get ready to drive in less time, that’s great! This five-minute routine is what helps me keep my eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and drastically reduce the times when I feel the desire to participate in road rage. What do you do before you drive? Share a pre-driving task with us, after all sharing is caring!
Safe Travels 🙂