There’s nothing like a fresh new year to help us take stock of our habits and inspire us to work towards a happier life. With so many South Africans hitting the roads, stress, anger and impatience can take over – especially if you forgot what it feels like to sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Here are our top tips for a safe and stress-free 2021 on the road:
1. Drive defensively
The standard Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations defines defensive driving as, “driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others.” Here’s how to do it:
2. Learn on the go
It’s easy to listen to the same playlist for the 100th time – but you can actually get smarter while you drive! The digital age has given us access to thousands of podcasts, along with audiobooks from publications and authors, for your listening (and learning) pleasure.
3. Be picky about driving
You might think it’s inevitable: Having to drive alone in an unknown area at night, powering through a hailstorm on your way to work, or hitting the road after you got zero winks the night before.
2021 is your year to become more selective about not putting yourself in unnecessary danger – so don’t be scared to tell your boss, friends, or family you’ll be a late in order to wait out bad weather, or that you need to leave a function early to avoid late night driving.
4. Take it slow
If you have a habit of driving fast, you can interpret this tip as literally “slow down” – but even if you aren’t a regular speed racer, slowing down in life can save you endless stress on the roads.
Little things like preparing your work outfit the night before, packing lunch in the evenings, and waking up a little earlier can help you beat the morning blues (and rush).
There will always be incidents where traffic is heavier than usual and you’ll be under pressure to make it on time, but starting off on the right foot makes all the difference.
5. Put your phone away
Most people think they don’t spend time on their phones while driving, but the little glances add up – a peek at the GPS here or skipping a song there are all distracting behaviours, even if you think you’re safe because they’re only momentary.
Next time you drive, put your phone somewhere inaccessible, like your boot or your cubbyhole, to resist the temptation to have a glance when you hear a notification come in.
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