While some drivers only experience stress when they’re on the road, for many, driving can actually be a great way to relax. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed at work or you simply want a getaway, taking a road trip could be right for you.
According to the Huffington Post, it’s all about circumstances. Planning a road trip is a great way to make driving relaxing, as you can avoid traffic, take scenic routes, and even go off road if you’d like. Novelist Jack Kerouac made the American road trip a rite of passage for many generations with his book On the Road, but not everyone has months for a soul-searching drive. Even if you just have a few hours, driving in a low-traffic area is a great way to get rid of stress.
Neil Shah, the author of The 10-Step Stress Solution, notes that drivers may prefer familiar routes if they are overloaded at work or school: “When stressed, our higher brain functions are therefore shut down. Driving to and from work will not require higher brain functions most of the time as it is a known route and familiar traffic condition. This can help clear and re-energise your mind.”
Driving through scenic areas and going off road can also be good for getting your mind off things, a different type of stress relief. That’s because these routes tend to impel drivers to focus on the task on hand or the immediate environment, a great way to momentarily forget your problems.
At Gossett Kia, we certainly enjoy hitting the road, and if doing so also relieves stress, that’s just another great thing about it! If you need a new vehicle before your next road trip, make sure to stop by.