Remember we, in the transportation industry, are held at a higher standard if an accident were to occur. Be aware of your surroundings at all times and be on alert for the behavior of others. It is a “known” that many drivers will risk their safety and that of others to gain the upper advantage, regardless of the out-come. By looking forward and anticipating the what- ifs, this can be avoided.
Unmanaged stress can have a negative and detrimental effect on your health and well-being and make you more likely to become involved in an accident. The following are some tips, recommended by various experts, to help cope with and manage stress in positive ways.
- Recognize stress. Learn what your body’s responses are to stress.
- Avoid small annoyances. Eliminate small stressful situations by arranging your schedule to avoid rush hour traffic. Conduct appropriate vehicle pre-and post-trip inspections to avoid mechanical delays or stress from receiving citations or out-of-service orders.
- Don’t make too many lifestyle changes at once. Should you be trying to quit smoking, don’t try to cut back on coffee at the same time. Wait until your body has made the adjustment before you take on something else that is a stress-producer.
- Maintain a sense of humor. Learn to laugh at yourself and the situations that are creating your stress. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does…
- Stretch your muscles. Stretching can be done anywhere. It’s a great stress reducer too!Practice deep breathing. One of the body’s automatic reactions to stress is rapid, shallow breathing. Breathing slowly and deeply is one of the ways you can turn off your stress reaction and turn on your relaxation response.
- Get enough sleep. Experts recommend six to eight hours of sleep every night. Don’t eat heavy meals or exercise just before you go to bed. Try to block out excessive light and noise if at all possible.
- Eat well. Eat regularly and nutritiously. Reduce your consumption of alcohol, sugar and caffeine. A diet heavy in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help keep your body’s disease-fighting mechanisms strong.
Our driving team has done an exceptional job putting safety first in all that we do. Don’t let the stress of day to day driving jeopardize your safety and driving career.
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