By Drive Zim Road Assistance
Driving in town can make big demands in terms of the style of concentration and observation we need to stay safe. It can also place a drain on our reserves of patience and calm. There are too many of us competing for too little road space. The result – a stressful environment where you do have to have your wits about you.
Alternatives to driving:
Before getting you ready for the stresses of city driving, we’ll see if we can move you to alternative methods of transport. We appreciate this may not always be appropriate, but why not check out your timetables before battling into a congested city centre. Most cities have good park and ride schemes, which can save time and money. The out-of-town parking is typically free or low cost, plentiful and secure, and you get a quick journey into town!
Assuming you do have to take the car, then be prepared for a slow, frustrating journey. Your best tactic is to ensure you equip yourself and your vehicle with the means to handle that frustration. That means trying to stay calm, not being aggressive and generally trying to make the journey better – for you and those around you. Experience shows that, if your behaviour is based on being fair and helpful, then others will tend to match your behaviour. Therefore, conflict and risk are reduced. Of course, the opposite is true, so if you’re rude, aggressive and inconsiderate, you can expect others to match – or even beat – your behaviour.
Other road users
On urban routes, you’re likely to be sharing the road space with a lot more cyclists and motorcyclists. Keep a good lookout for them, especially before changing lanes, opening your driver door or making a left turn – check all around and check again… It could make all the difference to someone’s safety.
Allowing yourself to be pulled into conflict situations you can’t control is potentially very dangerous, not just from a road safety perspective, but for your overall wellbeing, too.
There are good reasons for self-control:
First, consider your quality of life: sitting there in the car, fuming and getting stressed is bad for your blood pressure and health in general.
Next, the risk that an incident will escalate: do you know how an aggressive encounter is going to end? Of course, you don’t. You never know who you’re going to come across and what sort of day they might have had.
Third, the increased risk of an accident. When we get angry and start ‘reacting’, we are not ‘thinking’. The two things are mutually exclusive. Inevitably, our risk of having an accident soars.
Plan your trips
The principles of journey planning are very important for trips through town. Knowing where you are going – and building in contingency time – can help reduce stress.
What if I’m being followed?
For the vast majority of us, city journeys will pass without incident. But it may be helpful to consider very simple advice for this scenario, however rare it may be. Drive calmly to the nearest police station, park right outside and sound your horn continuously. This is likely to deter the other driver very quickly. If you have a GPS, learn the process of setting it to guide you to the nearest police station. If you can’t get to a police station, pull into a petrol station or busy public place, again sounding your horn continuously. Stay in the car with the doors locked and the windows up. Do not make eye contact if the other driver attempts to antagonise you further.
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