No matter how good your intentions may be, a simple journey away with the family can turn into a nightmare vacation because of one thing; travel. Travel becomes one of those things that we would rather do without when going on a relaxing vacation. However, if you are taking it upon yourself to drive the family cross-country, stress can get the better of you and everyone else.

As relaxation and calmness is pivotal to a long journey, how can we bring relaxation them to the forefront of our minds?

Allow More Time

Part of the stress of being on the road is that you are in a rush to get somewhere and this puts yourself in a stressful mindset right away. To overcome this, allow more time for your journey and check traffic conditions before you head off so that you can arrive early, even with some traffic delays.

Minimise Distractions

We’ve got more distractions than ever in our cars; from our smartphones to the various functions in our vehicle. Your overriding duty is to keep an eye on the road. So think about this before anything else.

Avoid Aggressive Drivers

If someone else on the road is driving without due care, do your best to keep your distance. The more annoyed you get by seeing this other driver being all over the road takes your attention off the task of driving. On it says you cannot control the driving habits of others, even if you are incredibly safe behind the wheel. We can easily get into the habit of driving aggressively if we see everyone else doing it. There’s no point in reacting by braking or swerving suddenly because you will lose control of the car. It’s better to focus on your own road manners.

Allow Time To Calm Down

Long journeys, multiple distractions in the car, and as well as the fact that it’s incredibly tiring to drive a long stretch; means that breaks are vital to your road skills. For every two hours that you’re on the road, it’s best to have a 15-minute break. Sometimes this isn’t enough, especially if you’ve had a couple of stressful encounters on the road. The best way to make the most of your break is to take your mind off the pressures of driving, especially if you have a predilection for stress. On there are some great little suggestions for how you can recharge quickly. It’s best to think about what you need to calm down and reinvigorate yourself before you get back out on the road.

As everybody is in a rush, the road can be a very hostile place; whether you’re going to be on a long journey or short journey. This is why you need to prepare yourself and find suitable methods to calm down before you set foot in the vehicle.


Melvin is an Entrepreneur, Life Coach, and Chinese Metaphysics Practitioner. He holds an EMBA and he is a passionate and engaging teacher, known for his unique combination of science, research, and spirituality.

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