How Therapy Can Help You Become A Safe Driver

Do you feel anxious over driving? Do you become easily angry when someone is moving slowly in front of you? Or perhaps you merely want to ensure you drive safely on the road? Whatever your motivation is, therapy can help you learn how to get better at navigating the road. 

Vehicles are deeply ingrained in our society. It’s nearly impossible to live without riding one now and then. Unfortunately, some people tend to take driving for granted because of how common it is. As such, road-related issues are often brushed aside and chalked up to bad luck. Even with thousands of accidents every year, the way people drive remains unaffected.

We need to change this culture of indifference. Driving entails a huge responsibility. After all, one mistake can cost someone’s life. This reason is more than enough to seek professional help so you can become a safer driver out on the road. Here are a few ways your therapist can help you reach that goal:

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Overcoming Driving Anxiety

It’s possible to develop anxiety over driving from a fear of enclosed spaces, speed, or accidents. However, life with these phobias can be inconvenient at best and debilitating at worst. So, you should seek professional help if you feel excessive and long-lasting nervousness when you’re in the driver’s seat. 

Your therapist can help you go through a series of processes to heal from your trauma if it’s the reason behind your anxiety. Therapy can also support you in overcoming the fears that stop you from being able to drive. However, it’s worth noting that therapists don’t only help people with traumatic experiences. You can seek their assistance even if you think your condition isn’t pressing. After all, therapy exists to help you feel better and enjoy the best quality of life. 

Preventing Road Rage

Road rage is the term used for aggressive behavior exhibited by drivers. It’s so frequent, to the point where many dismiss it and move on with their day. However, it’s dangerous because it can cause accidents, disputes, and even casualties.

When driving, you’re automatically responsible for your safety and those around you. You cannot uphold this task if you’re overly hostile. Often, aggressive drivers end up in accidents and arguments involving other motorists. Not only does this compromise the safety of everyone involved, but it also causes traffic jams.

Your therapist can help you understand and control your emotions to avoid bouts of rage. That way, you can rest assured that your mind is clear, especially when you’re driving. Road rage doesn’t benefit anyone, and it does nothing but harm. If you think you may be exhibiting that behavior, you may want to consider going to a therapist to work on it.

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Exercising Discipline

Driving on the road isn’t like maneuvering a bump car in the amusement park. You’re in charge of so many lives every time you sit behind the wheel.

As such, discipline is required to be a good driver. You should follow traffic laws without question. Slow down at the orange light, and stop at the red light. Be mindful of crossings and intersections, refrain from swerving and overtaking, and never exceed the speed limit. If you find yourself having trouble following any of those, you may want to see a therapist.

Therapy can help you build the discipline you need to become a safe driver. Remember, traffic rules are non-negotiable. You don’t have a choice but to follow them if you drive a vehicle. Responsibility and discipline are essential, and the lack of those may mean the loss of life.

Honing Focus

It would be challenging to drive safely if you often lose focus. Concentration is crucial in driving because you have to take note of so many things. That involves being mindful of other cars, changing lanes, flicking signals, and reading signs. If you can’t retain your focus, then you may be compromising the safety of your driving.

Don’t worry because your therapist can help you hone your focus to be able to drive safely. There are many activities in therapy that can increase your attention span and aid in sharpening your concentration. 

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Practicing Mindfulness

When driving, you must maintain a calm state of mind while being aware of multiple things at once. Usually, drivers develop a technique where flicking signals, shifting gear, and checking mirrors become instinctive. You may find these easy to do, especially if you’ve had your license for a long time. However, it doesn’t hurt to be a more mindful driver, which your therapist can help you with. 

Addressing Mental Health Conditions

If you’re often nervous, sleepy, distracted, or angry, a mental health condition may be behind it. Psychological and emotional issues manifest differently from person to person. In addition, symptoms like those don’t go away on their own. 

To pinpoint the cause of your symptoms, you can seek the help of mental health professional. They can determine whether you have depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or other mental illnesses. These conditions don’t only affect your driving but also the overall quality of your life. So, don’t hesitate to contact a therapist near you whenever you deem necessary.

To Wrap Up

Driving is a serious task that requires you to be responsible for yourself, your passengers, and your fellow human beings on the road. It’s not just fun and games. If you want to become a safe driver, you may benefit from seeking professional help.

Your therapist can help you overcome your driving anxiety and assist you in preventing yourself from exhibiting road rage behavior. Therapy can also guide you through exercises that reinforce discipline, sharpen focus, and practice mindfulness. All of those factors are essential to becoming a safe driver.

In addition, your therapist can address any mental health conditions you might have that prevent you from driving safely. Therapy won’t just help you become a better driver. More than that, it will equip you with the tools you need to navigate life as a more well-rounded person. 

How Therapy Can Help You Overcome Driving Anxiety

Driving comes with serious responsibilities. With the possibility of accidents, getting stuck in traffic, and a host of other unforeseen circumstances, it’s common for driving to trigger panic and anxiety attacks in people. Sometimes, just the mere thought of getting behind the wheel can cause overwhelming feelings of panic and anxiety.

A panic or anxiety attack while driving is no doubt terrifying. Aside from the increased risk of accidents, a person may develop further mental health problems. However, with the right interventions, you can manage your driving anxiety. And pretty soon, you’ll be well on your way to zipping down the freeway.

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What Is Driving Anxiety?

Driving anxiety is the anxious or nervous feeling you get when you’re about to drive or while driving. The symptoms can range from mild discomfort to severe distress. You may either feel a bit tense while driving, or you might not even want to get in the driver’s seat at all. Symptoms of driving anxiety may include:

    • feeling unsafe or restless when driving
    • easily getting tired during or after a car trip
    • concentration problems while driving
    • feeling a sense of doom before driving
    • back and neck tension while driving
    • irrational fears about dying or causing an accident
    • tending to avoid the highway and busy streets
    • being irritable or short-tempered

These symptoms can be abrupt or grow steadily over time. Left untreated, it could cause panic attacks, which could lead to traffic accidents. Sweaty palms, excessive sweating, shaking, and shortness of breath are some symptoms signaling a panic attack. Furthermore, extreme avoidance cases could cause people to remain isolated in their homes.

What Causes Driving Anxiety?

There are many possible reasons for experiencing driving anxiety. It may stem from one reason or several reasons accumulated together. Some common causes include:

    • Fear Of Fatalities

Exercising caution while driving is essential. However, no matter how careful you are, accidents could still happen. In this case, fear of getting into an accident might cause people to feel panicked or anxious when driving. Constantly thinking about accidents only heightens distress, thus increasing the chances of getting into an accident.

    • Prior Vehicular Accidents

Whether you have personally been in an accident, witnessed an accident, or just heard stories from friends or family, these incidents can be traumatic and anxiety-provoking. PTSD can be a big contributing factor to driving anxiety. Driving in a storm and being a victim of road rage are also some reasons that might trigger driving anxiety. Dwelling on these stories or past experiences can cause distress in a person.

    • Specific Phobias

Agoraphobia is being fearful of open spaces and crowds. This fear might manifest when you’re driving on a highway or stuck in traffic. Meanwhile, claustrophobia or the fear of closed spaces might cause you to feel stuck or trapped inside your car, especially in the middle of traffic. More specifically, you may also have vehophobia or the fear of getting behind the wheel. 

    • Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD)

If driving anxiety is accompanied by dizziness or loss of balance, it might be a sign that you have BVD. This condition results in image misalignment wherein your eyes have difficulty working together to create one clear image. Because of its symptoms, it understandably may cause someone to be nervous when driving. If you suspect BVD to cause your driving anxiety, schedule an eye exam with an optometrist.

How Does Therapy Help Driving Anxiety?

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For people with BVD, a simple trip to the eye doctor could do the trick. For those whose mental and psychological problems, therapy is an effective way to manage and treat driving anxiety. Once physical and neurological reasons have been ruled out, there are two common therapy treatments for driving anxiety:

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

The basic premise of CBT is that specific patterns of thoughts and behaviors contribute to anxiety. This method picks apart your negative thought processes and converts them into positive mindsets. It can change catastrophic worries about driving into better, more rational thoughts. Doing so reduces stress. 

Moreover, it could also help you develop adaptive coping skills, allowing you to have confidence while driving. To accomplish this, CBT explores your thoughts and emotions to pinpoint the exact cause behind your anxiety. It then interrupts and replaces unhelpful thought and behavior patterns through a series of methods. These include problem-solving tasks, teaching relaxation techniques, and reframing your thoughts. These methods help you better understand your anxiety, effectively control your emotions, and minimize symptoms.

Lastly, CBT can help you set realistic goals depending on if you’re pursuing long-term anxiety relief or short-term escape from anxiety.

    • Exposure Therapy

Exposure therapy is often done with people who are exhibiting symptoms of avoidance. For example, people who refuse to get into a car or consciously avoid busy roads and traffic are good candidates for this modality. 

This type of intervention helps eliminate unwanted symptoms by placing patients in driving situations. Of course, this is done with the proper guidance and in moderation.

Even though you may be tempted to take bold steps to resolve your driving anxiety, it’s best to start with small exposure. It takes time and patience to manage anxiety in any form. By gradual exposure to more stressful aspects of driving anxiety, you will experience a temporary increase in distress. However, your anxiousness will decrease long-term. 

Expanding your comfort zone little by little is the key factor in exposure therapy. The basic premise is regaining a sense of control and building that until you are no longer plagued by distress. After multiple repetitions, anxiety and panic symptoms will eventually decrease and be more manageable. Through time, they could even disappear entirely.

In addition to psychotherapy options, your psychiatrist may also prescribe medications to help manage your symptoms. The goal of medicines would be to reduce the frequency and severity of anxiety or panic symptoms.

Overcoming Driving Anxiety

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Driving anxiety can interfere with your daily routine and affect other aspects of your life. But the good news is that it’s possible to learn how to change your mindset, manage your anxiety, and become comfortable driving. With proper guidance and therapy support, driving can become pleasantly routine again.

How Counseling Fixed My Road Rage

I used to be one of the calmest persons in the world. There could be an earthquake happening, and I would remain seated in my chair and say, “Oh, please, nothing awful will occur to us.” But then, my dad decided to teach me how to drive when I was 18 years old, and everything changed.

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I honestly did not know that it was possible either. I mean, I lived in a small town my entire life; there were only less than 300 people. And even if there was traffic, people were still waving and saying hi to everyone in their cars and letting others pass them by. However, my dad said, “You are going to college soon. You need to learn how to drive for yourself, especially since your going to a big city.”

That reality scared me initially because I knew how different my dad was while driving in a small town and the big city. Whenever he was back home, he was the nicest person, too, but once he entered the freeway, he was like a madman weaving in and out of cars, honking at everyone to let him pass. I thought that was barbaric, to be honest. I used to feel like there was a better way to get where you wanted to go, especially on a multiple-lane highway.

Road Rage Mode On

The first time I experienced road rage, I was alone in the car, on my way home for the holidays. It was also the first time I drove on the freeway without my dad to yell for me. While I was nervous, I told myself that I was a big girl already, and I could handle it independently.

So, I was cruising steadily on the highway. I felt calm because there were not many cars at the time. Everyone else must have gone home earlier to beat the traffic, and I was happy about it. That was until another car sped past me, clipping my side mirror.

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The driver drove so fast that he managed to break the mirror cleanly from my car. The traffic police saw that and signaled us both to stop.

As I slowed the car down, I was in shock as I didn’t know how to approach the guy. Should I be mad at him? How could I school my reaction? However, all my blood went to my head when the man came out of his car with his brows furrowed as if he was ready to start a fight. I thought, “Screw it. You picked the wrong girl to mess with today. You would not be able to get out of this in one piece.”

I hopped out of the car and started berating the driver for being so reckless. The law enforcer tried to pipe in a few times, but I did not let them even get a peep. I was talking nonstop for five whole minutes until I ran out of breath and had to inhale. I was just livid at the other driver for not looking apologetic at all.

That was the start of my road rage. It made me feel like I had to stop being nice whenever I was on the road because the others might not be nice all the time. If someone honked incessantly behind me, for instance, I would honk back with the same intensity. If someone did not allow me to overtake, I would go faster, roll my window down, and give them the middle finger.

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Road Rage Mode Off

I got the biggest scare of my life on the road when I bumped into a brand-new car in front of me. The reality was that it was my fault. I was too busy flipping through songs on the radio that I did not notice my foot letting go of the brake pedal. I only realized it when I heard the crunch of broken glass.

The other driver signaled me to pull over so that we could talk about it. I did as he asked, but I was focused on thinking of how I could insult the man more and get away with fixing his car. However, the guy got out before I could, and I saw that he had a gun holstered on his waist. That made me feel like ice-cold water just got poured over my head.

I ended up apologizing immediately and gave the driver my insurance agent’s number so that we could settle the matter and I could have his car fixed. Shaken, I went back home and told my parents that I needed counseling for my road rage stat. I did not want to find myself in that position again.

What I Learned

It turned out that I did not have anger management problems. Instead, I had some anxiety that I expressed through anger. It was weird, I know, but that’s what it was.

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With the counselor’s guidance, I managed to handle my anxiety better. After all, my biggest fear was getting victimized on the road. The more I did counseling, the less I felt the urge to pick a fight with guys twice my size.

How I wish I learned about my anxiety sooner.

Counselor Tips On Handling Road Disputes

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My dad had some of the craziest road stories. He said that a younger guy on the freeway kept trying to race with him in broad daylight one time. He held a steady pace initially, not minding the guy, but the latter kept moving from side to side and pissed off my dad, causing him to rev up to get away from him. However, the guy could not take a hint and did the same thing. Unfortunately, his sedan was no match for dad’s sports car, and the guy ended up hitting the road barrier.

Then, another time, dad was apparently sitting in the traffic with the rest of the people during a rush hour when he noticed that the two cars in front of him kept honking each other. It was evident that they were only doing that to each other because no one else was honking. As it turned out, the driver, who was two cars away from dad, was taking his sweet time inching forward, even if everyone was doing that. The guy right in front of my dad was pissed because of it. After 30 minutes, the guy in front got out of his car and knocked on the other man’s window. Long story short, they had a brawl in the middle of traffic, much to everyone’s dismay.

Of course, I could not also forget the time when my dad was mistaken as a robber. He said that the police started chasing him as soon as he veered off the main highway. Dad assumed that they were going after someone else, so he began to weave in and out of cars to avoid seeing all that drama. However, the police interpreted it as his way of running away from his crimes. They had to Barricade the next exit to make my father’s vehicle stop. They only let him go after two hours of calling everyone that Dad was with the entire day, ensuring that he was genuinely not the culprit they were running after.

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From A Counselor’s Standpoint 

 Whenever I heard my father’s stories when I was a child, I was impressed by all of them. I happened to be a fan of action movies at the time, so it made me feel like my dad was a star. I was like, “Cool, Dad! What other kickass stories do you have for me?”

Back then, I did not think that such situations could have been traumatizing for my father and the other drivers who witnessed or experienced them. After all, cars are considered a necessity for most – if not all – of us, even though we all know deep inside that they can also be uses to take our lives. While it sounded dark even in my head, that was the reality.

Imagine if my dad was hot-headed when the man in the first story tried to pick a fight with him on the road, he could have pulled over to the side and started punching the guy in the face. Worse, he could have had a gun and used it on the stupid driver.

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As for the second story, the fistfight could have been worse, too. The two guys could have taken out baseball bats or even guns from their cars and started whacking or shooting at each other. It was cool in my dad’s mind, but if a young mom with a baby witnessed that up close, she could have been scared out of her mind because things could have escalated further.

Regarding the car chase moment that my dad experienced, the robber they mistook him for turned out to be a petty criminal who robbed a deli downtown. However, I could not fathom what would have happened if it was a big-time criminal, and there was a shoot-to-kill order for that guy. Instead of shooting the actual offender, they would have shot my father during that chase, and I would not be here.

How To Handle Road Disputes

  • Do a quick meditation before leaving the car. As you park your vehicle on the side, feel free to do a two-minute meditation to make your anger subside. Doing so will create more room for reason in your head.
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  • Walk out of your car at a calm pace. There is something about a person’s posture that can heighten or reduce someone’s anger. For instance, if you walk aggressively, others may assume that you are ready for a fight. However, if you walk slowly and match it with words like, “Let’s talk about what happened,” it may keep the other person from trying to fight with you.
  • Make sure that there is a law enforcer present before confronting the other driver. Having a law enforcer as a mediator tends to make most people calm, especially when they know that there’s someone in the scene who can put them to jail for misconduct or another violation. This is for your protection, as well as the other person.

Final Thoughts

Road disputes are inevitable, no matter how good or the kind you are as a driver. However, it should never turn into a brawl or another form of violence if you don’t let emotions push logic out of the way.

Frequently Asked Questions About Depression For Drivers

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When I was growing up in Mexico, I had a simple dream: to go to New York and become a taxi driver. We did not have cable back home – or even a TV – but the mansion where my mother worked as a cook did, and I would sometimes get to watch an American show when the owners were not home.

As I flipped through the channels, one of the movies getting televised was King Kong. I was in awe of the giant ape that stood on top of what I later found out as the Empire State Building, beating its chest while swiping planes left and ride. Then, the disco classic, Saturday Night Fever, featured the incredible John Travolta and various locations in Brooklyn. My mindset at the time was, “The only way I could afford to live in such an expensive city as if I could drive well in those jam-packed streets.”

Living The American Dream

I managed to fulfill my dream of going to the United States at 21 years old. I was already working for my mother’s employer as a driver at the time, and he trusted me to drive him out of the Mexican border and throughout different states for a month.

On the last day, though, my boss told me to take him to the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City because he had a plane to catch. In my native language, I said, “Don’t worry, boss, I will bring the car back to your mansion safely.”

You could imagine my surprise when my boss replied, “No need. Just find accommodation here once I’m gone.”

The elderly gentlemen smile at me. “I know it’s been your dream to become a driver in this city for a long time, Jose. As a parting gift, I am giving you this car so you can start living your dream. Good luck.”

I was unable to contain my happiness at that instant. I thought, “This is it!” I did not worry about being an illegal immigrant or having no home to stay back then; the only thing in my mind was that I could finally live my American dream.

For the first couple of days, I learned the routes and signages. I also knew a few English words to get by, so I read the street signs and whatnot. On my third day, I found a taxi company that was willing to give me a job and help me file my work papers in exchange for $1,000. Since I was still naïve about scammers at the time, I gave him most of my savings and what little money that my old boss left to me. However, I could not find the guy anymore the next day, and I was left with $100 in my pocket.

Facing The Harsh Reality

I could have gone back home, but I did not do that. I tried to make do with $100 by eating once a day and walking everywhere to save on gas. The more days went on, though, the more I felt depressed. Even if my family did not have much, we could eat three times a day back in Mexico. Even if we worked as servants, we had a steady income. My depression got to the point where I tried to step in front of a speeding car.

Luckily, the driver stopped in the nick of time. When the man went down the car, I thought that I was about to get deported. However, when he learned my story, he said that he would help me. But before that, I had to overcome my depression.

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What is the number 1 cause of depression? 

 It seems impossible to pinpoint the leading cause of depression, given that various occurrences can make a person depressed. Nevertheless, many experts believe that neurological changes may be the reason behind this mental disorder.

Which profession has the highest rate of depression? 

 Based on the World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, the individuals who provide public or private transportation services had the highest rate of depression.

Can depression change your brain permanently? 

 Unfortunately, yes – depression can change your brain permanently. Many people may receive therapy or antidepressants for years, but only a few can make a full recovery.

What are the three types of depression? 

  • Persistent depressive disorder (PDD)
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Major depression

What are the nine causes of depression? 

  • Experiencing any form of abuse
  • Taking select drugs (e.g., corticosteroids, interferon-alpha, isotretinoin, etc.)
  • Dealing with personal or professional conflicts
  • Losing a job or loved one
  • Experiencing major life changes
  • Curbing excessive drug use
  • Getting diagnosed with a severe physical condition
  • Carrying genes that contribute to the development of the mental disorder

Does depression count as a disability? 

Yes, depression counts as a disability, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). After all, dealing with severe symptoms of depression can prevent a person from living normally.

What profession has the highest divorce rate? 

 According to the American Community Survey that the U.S. Census Bureau conducted in 2015, gaming managers tend to experience divorce more than other professionals.

What are the five most stressful jobs? 

  • Bartender
  • Lawyer
  • Patrol officer
  • Paramedic
  • Doctor

Are dentists depressed? 

 Considering a study has concluded that dental professionals are susceptible to stress and burnout, it is highly possible for dentists to get depressed.

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Does depression age your brain? 

 New research that depression can make the brain look older. Thus, a depressed person may be more prone to age-related conditions than other same-aged individuals.

Can depression change your personality? 

 Yes, depression can change your personality, especially when it is so severe.

What causes long term depression? 

  • Traumatic life events
  • Stressful situations
  • Existing mental disorders
  • Negative personality traits
  • Genetics

What will happen if you cry a lot? 

 Crying offers a lot of benefits, including:

  • Calming your thoughts and emotions
  • Receiving emotional support from loved ones and other concerned individuals
  • Reducing your pain
  • Encouraging the production of feel-good hormones
  • Getting rid of stress and toxins
  • Helping you sleep more peacefully than ever
  • Combatting bacterial infection
  • Keeping the eyes from drying out

How do I know if I’m bipolar? 

  • You experience extreme happiness or sadness for an extended period each time.
  • Sometimes, you feel too energetic to sleep. Other times, you can hardly pull yourself out of bed.
  • Your brain may process and produce fresh ideas quickly one day and then fail to absorb anything the next day.
  • You cannot concentrate on your tasks because you are feeling either impulsive or tired.
  • It’s challenging for you to make excellent decisions.
  • There may be days when you feel overly optimistic or pessimistic about everything.

Which type of depression is the most common type of mood disorder?

Major depression is the most common type of mood disorder. Approximately 17.3 million adult Americans have shown signs of it in 2017, according to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) study.

Final Thoughts

It had been 20 years since that eventful day happened. After that, I became a personal driver, and my new boss helped me get a legal work visa. When I had enough money, I bought a couple of taxis and hired two people to drive them around New York. The two cars became five, then 10, then 30, and I respectfully resigned from my job to manage my business. Yes, I achieved my dreams and more.

Does Daily Traffic Affect One’s Mental Health?

 

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Noise and traffic congestion can lead to fatigue, anger, irritability, and stress in commuters, as they are affected by these in many ways. Over-speeding, road rage, and loud honking affect almost everyone when they are stuck in the middle of the street, anticipating the longer than usual hours of commuting. One of the greatest consequences of traffic has been known to be stress.

Stress in itself is a big term with multiple scopes. Psychologically, it could result in anxiety, frustrations at work, or problems in reacting to situations or people. In a cognitive sense, helplessness, lack of control, and lowered tolerance for failure reduce one’s capacity to respond appropriately. He eventually does whatever he thinks is right at that moment.

Physically, on the other hand, a person might experience high blood pressure, body temperature changes, increased activity in the ANS, which is a portion of the nervous system that controls different unconscious bodily functions such as digestion and breathing. Consequently, the immune system’s ability to endure pressure decreases, particularly when activities in the ANS are heightened.

Finally, on a social level, there is a high likelihood of the individual not wanting to work or a desire to take the day off to avoid experiencing the stress caused by traffic. Potential side effects may include people deciding to look for another job because of the fatigue and stress that they go through due to the everyday commute. Others might also become less motivated to get together with family and friends.

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Other Implications And Reasons

Although traffic does cause anxiety and stress, other reasons may aggravate the tension.

  • Arguments and spats that happen on the road
  • Disagreements at work or at home that are brought up on the road
  • Impulsive behavior due to traffic jam

The tension and stress are frequently brought at home, where a stressed individual might project his rage towards his partner or kids. It could form a harmful cycle and lead to impulsive driving and road rage the next time he drives and is stuck in traffic.

The Same Traffic Jam, Various Views

Sometimes, it is understood that the same traffic volume could be perceived differently by various kinds of people. Personalities and circumstances could influence an individual’s view of stress. Those who are meticulous of punctuality, time management, and arranging multiple things at the same time are particularly inclined to view traffic congestion as more frustrating and stressful.

Effects Of Noise And Traffic Congestion

According to experts, most people attempt to follow a specific schedule for themselves, but they seldom consider the possibility of a traffic jam. And when a person is in the middle of the road, he tends to feel helpless and lose self-control. Additionally, if a person is engrossed with thoughts and confronted with pressure, traffic, overstimulation, and lots of honking, he is pushed beyond his optimal limits of working, which modifies the way his body recognizes it.

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Long hours of commute and the persistent stepping off the accelerator and brakes could further lead to fatigue. Emotionally and mentally, this could lead to:

  • Trouble making wise decisions
  • Committing errors
  • Difficulty communicating
  • Memory lapses
  • Relatively shorter attention span
  • Highly irritable
  • Unmotivated
  • Withdrawn and unusually still
  • Lethargic

To oppose this, establishing proper sleep patterns to acquire the rest of your body requirements, drinking lots of water, exercising, eating healthily, and making efforts to balance time between family and work-life can definitely help you cope and overcome the effects of fatigue. There are some instances when stress due to traffic contributes to vehicular accidents.

Below are current accident situations where fatigue, emotional burnout, and traffic stress may have contributed to the unpleasant situation described.

Who Are Most Affected?

Cab, truck, and bus drivers are the ones that are mostly affected by the traffic and long hours of commute. They are continuously experiencing a large amount of tension and have completely no help or mediation when they are stressed or placed in distress situations. Fatigue and stress could increase and be projected as anger, projected onto passers-by and fellow commuters. Individuals with anxiety and panic disorders frequently worry about being stuck in traffic. Perhaps this is due to their concern of not being provided with help and assistance if ever they meet an accident or any road-related problem.

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How To Deal With Traffic Stress

One of the best initial steps to do when you’re stress in the middle of traffic is to take deep breaths to remain calm despite the messy situation. Other practical strategies may include:

 

  • Social awareness meetings and time management programs can definitely help you learn how to deal with stress.
  • You can contribute to the reduction of traffic by carpooling. Drive with regular co-passengers and take turns doing it. This also takes away your focus from the traffic to the people that you’re with, making it easier for you to deal with the situation.
  • Counseling and other mental health services should be made accessible for people who need it, especially those who drive to earn a living. Traffic officers and other people who think they might benefit from counseling should also be welcome to join.

 

How To Avoid Road Rage When Driving With Family

I have anger management issues. It is a condition that I have been aware of for years, but I have been trying to hide it, especially to my wife. I do not want her to be scared of being around me or, worse, leave me because of it.

In truth, I started going to group counseling sessions ever since my wife told me that she was pregnant with our first child. I knew that a baby could be a handful, even for a level-headed person. How could I make sure that I won’t snap and yell at the baby if they won’t stop crying other than beating my anger management issues to a pulp, right?

Six months in, my therapist said that I had been improving a lot, and I could tell that she was right. I was slightly annoyed with my wife’s varying food cravings during the first or second month of her pregnancy, but the more I got therapy, the more I managed to calm down and take care of her. If there was one thing that I needed more help with, though, it’s road rage.

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Anger On The Road

Before getting married, I used to engage in yelling matches with strangers in other cars. Sometimes, it was because they cut me off while I was trying to change lanes. Other times, it was because I thought they were looking at me the wrong way. There was even a time when I got out of my vehicle during a traffic jam to confront another motorist who flipped the bird on me. If the enforcer did not jump in on time, I possibly had a fistfight in the middle of the road.

How did my wife not see all that when we were still dating, you might ask?

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Well, the trick was to go out after or before the rush hour. If we had a dinner reservation at 6 P.M., we would already be out of the house one or two hours before that. My wife assumed that I did not like being late, but the reality was that I did not want her to see me get angry in the car over petty things.

Nevertheless, with our family about to expand permanently, I could not bear to think of losing control while my wife and child were present and getting them in trouble due to my anger management issues. Hence, I asked my therapist how to avoid road rage when driving with family members. She advised me with the following ideas:

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Count To Ten When Someone’s Driving Upsets You

The first thing you should realize is that other people are not as conscious about their behavior as you may be. Many drivers do something stupid on the road without knowing that it can upset their fellow motorists. In that sense, you need to count to ten to prevent anger from bubbling up inside you.

Did it immediately work when I tried it? Of course not. Luckily, when I slipped up, I was alone in the car. I could not remember how many times I counted from one through ten while cruising along the freeway, but I eventually stopped feeling like picking a fight with anyone.

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Try Not To Meet Another Motorist’s Eyes

It seems familiar for male drivers to size each other up even on the road and prove which one’s the top dog. This starts with eye contact, and then someone smirks mockingly for no reason, and the other steps on the gas pedal, showing how fast their car could be. The situation could either end with an impromptu drag race or an altercation. At least, that’s what’s happened to me one too many times.

When I mentioned it to my therapist, she said, “Why don’t you try not meeting other drivers’ eyes?” It would be like nipping the problem in the bud, considering fights would not have ensued if people did not have eye contact on the road. I followed my therapist’s lead immediately after that session, and I had a smooth drive from the clinic to the house.

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Avoid Honking Too Much

I admit to being impatient sometimes, especially when I was driving. I wouldn’t say I liked waiting for motorists to make a turn slowly, although I knew that they could be newbies. If there was an unexpected holdup in the middle of the road, I used to honk too much too fast. That was my way to ask, “Why are we stopping now?”

However, I realized that my excessive honking resulted in other drivers yelling profanities in my direction. I picked fights with them before, thinking they were insulting, but I understood later that I started the rudeness brigade. There was no better example of a cause-and-effect relationship than that.

Final Thoughts

I could not claim that my anger management issues had gone kaput for good. I still had urges to fight with someone on the road sometimes, but the difference was that I never acted on it again. Hopefully, when my first-born child comes into the world, I would have a better grip on my emotions.

 

COVID-19 Safety Driving Tips For Long Haul Truck Drivers

 

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The coronavirus is a respiratory condition that is caused by a virus known as SARS-CoV-2. Some of its common symptoms include shortness of breath, cough, muscle pains, body malaise, chills, fever, loss of smell or taste, and sore throat, among others. What we know about how the virus spreads is currently developing as experts learn more about it. Generally, the coronavirus is thought to be contracted mainly via person-to-person – when people are unnecessarily close to each other, which is less than 6 feet, and via respiratory droplets from an infected individual that sneezes, talks, or coughs.

This article is focused on the world’s long-haul truck drivers who want to know how they can protect themselves and help prevent or stop the spread. If you are one, you probably spend a lot of hours alone in your truck. But there are also times when your risk of getting infected with coronavirus is increased. Possible sources of infection are when you are in close contact with store workers, truck stop helpers, dock assistants, other truck drivers, or other individuals who have the virus. You are also at risk of exposure when you frequently touch your mouth, eyes, or nose after touching surfaces that may be infected.

What can you do? Here are some guidelines that you can follow.

  • Follow suggested precautionary measures from the Center for Disease Control and inform your manager if you are okay but have a family member infected with COVID-19. You will most likely be allowed to take a leave but recommended to stay in another home or advise your family member to be quarantined in a facility.
  • Inform your manager if you are having symptoms. Stay at home, eat healthily, and get enough sleep.

 

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  • Create a plan with your manager, along with your family, about what steps to take if you become unwell while you’re on the road. Discuss things like where to ask for medical consult and treatment.
  • If you are sick, you must stay at home and not go back to work until you have met the criteria to stop home quarantine and if you have already consulted with a healthcare provider.
  • Don’t spend too much time out of your truck cab when you’re stopping for fuel or loading and unloading.
  • Do not talk to the dock supervisors or other drivers if you need to inquire about something. Use your radio or phone as much as possible.
  • Bring food and water with you on the road so you can limit your truck stops.
  • Do not shake hands as much as possible.
  • Always keep your truck clean and well ventilated.

The CDC also advises all drivers to wear face or cloth masks when they are in public places, particularly when social distancing is not easy to maintain. Cloth masks can be used by individuals that are not aware if they have COVID-19 or not, as this can prevent them from transmitting the virus to others. You must clean the interior of your truck meticulously, especially if your daily tasks involve having another person going in and out of it. Use cleaning agents that meet the standards of the EPA against SARs-CoV-2. The most basic step that helps is washing your hands as often as you can. This is a vital transmission control measure that must not be forgotten. Clean hands before getting in and leaving your truck, especially during deliveries, rest breaks, loading and unloading of cargo, and fueling.

 

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Additionally, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has put safety measures in place to be strictly followed. This includes advising truck drivers to get adequate sleep (about 8 to 9 hours) before driving and to have a cup of coffee or grab a 15-minute power nap if you feel tired or fatigued while you are on the road. During team drives or ride-along, you and your companions must wear cloth or surgical masks all the time while you are all inside the truck to prevent possible transmission. Do not share beddings in the berth.

 

 

 

 

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The Importance Of Human Rights To The Coronavirus Response

 

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Human rights are essential in influencing the response to this global crisis both on people’s lives and their livelihoods and for the public health as well. Approaches that are people-centered lead to better results in fighting and beating COVID-19, further assuring that healthcare will be given to everyone while preserving the people’s dignity. Human rights also allow us to draw more attention to those who are struggling from the pandemic the most, why they are the most affected, and what measures can be taken.

Ensuring human rights for everyone becomes a challenge for all countries worldwide. Public health predicaments are quickly progressing to become social and economic crises and, ultimately, a human rights and protection crisis in the long term. The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated the susceptibility of the less protected people in the communities. It has highlighted social discrepancies and insufficient health protection systems that badly need immediate attention as part of the public health approach. Men and women, teens, children, seniors, migrants, the poor, asylum seekers, the disabled, LGBTQ, and minorities, among others, are affected in various ways. We have a responsibility to make sure that everyone is fairly protected and part of the response to this pandemic.

Key Principles Of Human Rights

Protecting people’s livelihoods is a way to prioritize people’s lives as well. 

The focus should be on saving people’s lives, for which global access to health care is essential. Unfortunately, the health crisis has caused tremendous social and economic setback that is affecting individuals, businesses, families, and others. This is a result of the pandemic itself, but it is also the outcome of the measures implemented to prevent the spread of the infection. Quick action to reduce the major impacts on people’s livelihoods, jobs, and access to basic necessities and allow them to follow public health guidelines and soon move with ease while recovering once these guidelines are lifted.

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People are not a threat – it is the virus. 

While forceful strategies can be justified in specific circumstances, they can rebound if they are applied inconsistently and inappropriately, compromising the whole pandemic approach itself.

This uncertainty caused by a public health emergency will need security and peace to be maintained. Justice, respect, and fairness are necessary to build strength and support the government’s efforts in the public health arena. Courts must proceed with ensuring that the law is rightly enforced. Men, women, the elderly, children, the disabled, among others, must be protected from abuse and violence and assured that support services are made available to them.

Not one country can beat this pandemic alone.

The coronavirus outbreak is a threat to all of humanity, and it must not give up. Many states, unfortunately, are not armed with the appropriate resources needed to respond to the current crisis. Inconsistencies in public health approaches are making poorer countries more vulnerable than the rest of the world. Just as fighting the coronavirus outbreak, governments are asked to protect also those of the whole population, specifically those who are not able to protect themselves.

Worldwide threats require a worldwide response. It is necessary to show international cooperation and versatile policies to acquire the latest technology and studies on possible treatments such as vaccines to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on a worldwide scale. Also, the approach to the virus requires national statistical programs to provide data and evidence to understand the size of the pandemic better.

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This global crisis has happened at a time where there has been a significant repulsion by some people who are against international approaches and multilateralism, and this includes the human rights principles of other countries. Collaborative action is the only solution to the countless problems that the rest of humanity is facing.