Ride with a passenger
With the exception of teen drivers, crashes are statistically less likely when there’s a passenger in the car. Set up a carpool with a coworker or bring your partner along when running errands. You’ll have another set of eyes on the road and someone to chat with while you drive. This is what successful people do on their commute.
Pick the right playlist
A British survey found that drivers who listen to rock, hip-hop, or heavy metal were more likely to tailgate, speed, and get into traffic accidents. On the other hand, those who listened to classical or pop music were less stressed out during their car rides. Turn on a playlist of songs that will lift your spirits and take your mind off any traffic standstill. Here’s what your favorite music says about your personality.
Make your brain mindful
Studies have shown that mindfulness can reduce stress and anxiety. Of course you can’t zone out into a complete state of meditation when you’re behind the wheel, but you can still practice mindfulness techniques. Be aware of every breath you take, and pay (extra) attention to your surroundings. Whenever your mind starts to wander, refocus your thoughts back to the drive.