How to Keep Your Cool in Traffic

Yes, your European automobile is a lean, mean, speedy machine that was engineered to tackle The Autobahn at over 100 mph; the problem is, we’re in North Carolina. (Darn these pesky speed limits!) Do your morning and afternoon commutes drive you crazy? Well, you’re not alone, which is why you see so many other drivers losing it behind the wheel. Going bananas and taking your frustration out on each other isn’t going to make the traffic go away, however, so we here at East Coast EuroWerks have some tips to help you keep your cool in traffic.

Maintenance First

Traffic is stressful enough on its own; don’t add to that stress with a poorly-maintained vehicle. If you haven’t had your Audi, BMW, Mercedes, or other European automobile serviced in awhile, it’s time to bring it in for a check-up. You might prolong the traffic jam if your vehicle overheats and/or stalls in the stop-and-go traffic. Keep an eye on your gauges and warning lights and an ear on the brakes. Dashboard warnings, squeaks and squeals, and even strange smells mean you’re about to become a Sig Alert

Listen Your Way Through the Commute

Even if you do take care of your vehicle and it runs beautifully throughout your morning and evening commutes, traffic is still a bummer. Lighten things up, in your car at least, by putting on your favorite tunes, favorite comic, or favorite audiobook. Audio can lighten your mood, especially if you sing along, laugh until your side hurts, or are intrigued by a good book’s plot. You can also listen to language apps to learn a new language during your commute and then plan a trip to the related country.

Please Your Tummy

You can also increase the feel-good brain chemicals by enjoying your favorite beverage and/or snack while you sit in traffic. If you tend to experience even minor road rage during your commutes, order your favorite coffee beverage decaffeinated instead of caffeinated. Order decaf iced or hot tea, too. Caffeine will increase your aggression behind the wheel. Enjoy a tasty snack, too, to boost your blood sugar and stave grumpiness. Think protein more than sugar to avoid a sugar high.

Get Real

Finally, understand that you can’t change traffic and work on accepting it. If the commute really drives you nuts, talk with your employer about changing your hours so you can drive during lighter traffic hours, such as from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. instead of from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Research alternate routes, too, that might ease your stop-and-go burden. Even if the alternate route adds a few miles onto your commute, it might be worth it if you drive straight through.

Keep your vehicle maintained no matter how much traffic you sit in by calling East Coast EuroWerks in Wilmington, NC.

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