In Canada, we wait nine long months to feel the sweet kiss of summer’s sun on our skin. We plan weekends at the cottage, we hit the beach, we book our favourite spots at the best campgrounds. We save up our vacation days, turning long weekends into extra-long weekends. Yet, even the best laid summer plans aren’t immune to summer traffic woes, especially during long weekends.
Construction, weekend cottagers, tourists, road trippers, cyclists, can all contribute to increased congestion and stressful situations. Everyone wants to get the most out of their season, and it’s easy to see why summer can bring about an increase in road rage. But what if you could head it off at the pass?
Keeping your cool in traffic this civic holiday weekend can be as simple as being prepared for the ride. Here are a few things you can do before you head out to take the stress out of summer driving.
1. Before you start the car, take a breath. Realize you might encounter delays. If you’re mentally prepared, you’re less likely to get irritated if you get held up.
2. Give yourself enough time to get to where you’re going in the event you encounter unexpected delays. No one has ever been faulted for being early.
3. Make sure everyone has enough space to be comfortable by not packing the car too tight. A cargo box carrier will keep your stuff secure and your passengers at ease.
4. Go to the bathroom before you get in the car.
5. Create a playlist of your favourite music. Then simply connect your smartphone with App-Connect and get ready to rock out.
6. Certain scents have been proven to induce feelings of calm. Consider an aromatherapy car diffuser to use with scented oils such as sandalwood or lavender.
7. Ever get hangry? Pack a snack.
8. Wear comfortable clothing. Layers will come in handy in the event your car isn’t equipped with Climatronic® dual zone climate control.
9. A great story can help pass the time. App-Connect also lets you listen to your favourite audiobooks.
Do you experience bouts of road rage in summer? What steps do you take to keep it in check? We’d love to hear them. Share your tips on our Facebook page.