Work days at every job can have little stressors that can make a task at hand seem daunting—truck driving included. It’s important to keep your cool in these situations when on the road because reactions to stressful events that are not thought through can be dangerous for everyone on the road. The good news is that when you use coping mechanisms to keep your cool in stressful driving situations it will leave you feeling safe and in a great mood!
Understanding Common Stressful Driving Situations
Stress comes at the most inopportune times. Let’s look at these two common driving scenarios that can be both stressful and aggravating:
You’re making good time on your route with a truckload of cargo to drop off. Traffic starts to slow and your navigation app shows that there is a standstill—in the middle of the expressway, in the middle of the afternoon, on an otherwise good day. The app shows an alternative route, but it doesn’t know you are driving a semi truck. Do you take the route or wait until traffic clears? You’re at a crossroads.
Someone cuts you off in traffic, endangering your safety and the safety of everyone else on the road with you. Your heart pounds and you really want to lay on the horn and retaliate. Obviously, you can’t do any of this because that would make things more unsafe, but you’re still on edge from the encounter and need a way to forgive and leave that stressful moment behind.
Sudden changes of plans, uncertainty, and the inability to control one’s circumstances are the building blocks of stress in many driving situations. Knowing that is the first step to figuring out how to bring yourself back into a better mindset. That’s when quick thinking and problem solving come in handy, so it’s a good thing that these two traits are some of what we look for when hiring our truck drivers.
How to Deal With Stress
"Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved." Psalm 55:22. While every job has its stressful moments, we want you to remember the bigger picture and arrive at your destination safely. How do you deal with stressful situations? Let other drivers know your coping skills in the comments below or on our Facebook Page.
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