LOS ANGELES, California. Driving can be stressful. According to Geico, too much stress can increase aggression behind the wheel and increase your risk for a car accident. Yet, there is a certain amount of stress that can actually make you a better driver.
According to the New York Times, there are certain types of stress that can be beneficial. Individuals who experience slightly higher stress levels perform better. If you are too comfortable behind the wheel, your mind might wander or you may be prone to distracted driving. Individuals who have a little stress in their systems are more alert. Ideally, you want to be slightly challenged while driving. You don’t want to be terrified, nor do you want to be too relaxed. This means that we may actually be safer drivers in areas that drivers typically consider riskier. Drivers may be more alert in construction zones or in rush hour traffic, for example.
A brief period of stress behind the wheel can also increase learning. For example, a younger driver who experiences stress while negotiating a construction zone or while merging lanes during rush hour, is learning from the stress. A situation where a person is lost could also create just the right balance of stress to increase attention, but this benefit can be lost if a person is looking at his or her phone while behind the wheel.
The biggest risk facing drivers today is distracted driving. As drivers become more comfortable behind the wheel, they may be more tempted to multi-task. This can result in drivers checking their phones while driving, making phone calls, or changing music, which can lead to serious accidents. Distracted driving kills over 3,000 people each year and injures hundreds of thousands more. It is a serious risk.
The opposite risk is facing too much stress behind the wheel. How can you calm yourself? Breathe deeply, listen to the signals your body is sending you, and if you find yourself so overwhelmed that you can’t focus, it might be safer to just pull over at a rest stop. Anger can also impact your performance behind the wheel. If you find yourself getting angry while driving, it may be wise to breathe deeply, and consider the situation from the other driver’s perspective. Maybe they are rushing to the doctor to see a sick or dying relative? You never know what the other driver is going through.
If you have been involved in an accident due to another person’s distracted driving or negligence, you may have certain rights under the law. The Ledger Law Firm are Los Angeles, California car accident lawyers who may be able to help you. Our firm may be able to help you seek damages for your lost wages, pain and suffering, and rehabilitation expenses. You may only have a limited amount of time to make a claim under the law. Visit us at www.ledgerlaw.com to learn more about how we can help you seek justice under the law.