Driving in the San Francisco Bay Area can be a stressful experience, and during the holiday season it is often worse than ever.
More people are behind the wheel, out of town visitors aren't familiar with our roads and merge patterns, and holiday stress creates more tension. Nerves are often frayed.
So, what can you and I do to cope with this as we head out on our own busy days?
- Plan ahead - anticipate that traffic will be heavy and allow extra time to get to your appointment
- Don't tailgate!
- Change lanes with extra care and avoid sudden moves
- Stay alert, and keep an eye out for drivers who are speeding or driving erratically
- If you encounter an aggressive driver, don't make eye contact or respond in any kind
Above all, find a way to be calm. Take a deep breath, keep breathing. Try being extra courteous, allowing people to easily make that lane change they need, or take the parking space you both covet. You'll be amazed at the sense of calmness that creates.
As the sergeant in NYPD Blues used to say, "let's be careful out there!"