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Five Ways to Keep Calm While Driving in the Snow

on February 28, 2013
English: Snow on the mountains of Southern Cal...

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Driving home the other night during the blizzard, I lost count of the number of people who rode my tail as I drove slowly, or cut around me, or sat in long lines of non-moving traffic red-faced and honking their horns….all because Mother Nature decided to open her vats of winter upon us.


I confess I used to be one who drove in the snow white-knuckled and anxiety ridden. But all that brought me was exhaustion upon reaching my destination. So here are five tried (by myself) and true ways to stay relaxed during a long drive in the snow:


1. Listen to classical music – I realize this may not be your forte or even your favorite music. However, classical music can be very calming. Even the dulcet, smooth, soft tones of the radio announcer can be quite calming. Listening to classical music can help your mind relax thus producing an easing up of tension in your already-stressed body. Try it!


2. Listen to an audio book – Tonight’s book is A Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer read by Richard Armitage. Richard Armitage’s smooth voice not withstanding, there’s something relaxing about hearing another’s voice while driving in hazardous conditions. It makes you feel not so alone. Plus, your mind is engaged in the story once again producing a calming effect on your body. Just be careful not to become too involved!


3. Pray – What starts out as a plea for protection often turns into a conversation most likely long overdue. The effects of which are total assurance of safety, hope of seeing tomorrow and even joy while enduring.


4. Sing – If you really cannot bear classical music, that’s OK. Find your favorite CD and sing along. Again, your mind is occupied, your voice and facial muscles are busy exercising and most likely, you’ll be home before the CD is even over.


5. Think of Something Silly – In your head, plan out what you would do if you won the lotto. Or start putting together an outline for a cool fictional story. Design a dress, or invent a new recipe. Anything to take your mind off of the tension of the circumstance.


The whole point here is NOT to ignore safe driving habits. However, the more relaxed you are, the more you will be able to drive more confidently than if you were all upset and imaging the worst case scenarios. You cannot control those around you so don’t try. You cannot control the weather so it’s not worth being all  upset,  uptight, exerting a bunch of negative energy needed for positive safe driving.


And remember, if you cannot relax at all and you find stress interfering with safety, pull over and wait it out. Better to be safe!



2 responses to “Five Ways to Keep Calm While Driving in the Snow

  1. Rob Russo says:

    Excellent ideas! And I feel the same way….so much of what many people decide is worth stressing over really isn’t. You can’t change the weather. It happens every year. I can’t make the bus or train sit there until I get to it….another one will come along. Leaving extra time is helpful as well, but I don’t run for the bus or train anymore. And I stand out of the way of those who are. If I’m going to get worked up about something, it’s either going to be something really wonderful that I want to share, or something worth my time and emotions for a moment in time to release what is no longer useful to me and learn something from that. Thanks for posting this. sis!


  2. Rob Russo says:

    Oh, and another I’d like to add, or suggest, if I may…..BREATHE! I’ll wager most people don’t even know that they have sort of stopped doing that, and it has an immediate and direct effect on the body and emotional energy. In one of those moments, try it. Take a deep breath in through the nose, and out through the mouth. And try it again. More likely than not, you will feel the release of tension in your body, and there’s a good portion of the battle. 🙂


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