By: Soudamini Mujumdar
Driving on roads in Indian cities can be an exhausting and frustrating affair. With the increasing number of vehicles plying on Indian roads, the problems of traffic congestion in metropolitans has become an ever increasing issue. This concern is being attempted to be resolved by the governments and civic bodies using flyovers, widening of roads, filling potholes and clearing encroachments, but the pace of these road clearing activities does not match the increase in number of vehicles on the roads.
Added to this, is the fear of travelling in public transport due to the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic, which has increased the pressure on the roads, which are seeing more number of people preferring to commute in their own vehicles as compared to public transport vehicles.
The pressure in this case, not only weighs heavily on the roads and the road infrastructure, but on every person using the road. Be it a pedestrian or a cyclist or a biker or a car driver, each person faces varied emotions from rage to pleasure to boredom. Each of these emotions tends to affect our actions, which in turn have the potential to affect other road users.
While some of these emotions are caused due to factors on the road, most of the time they are derived from another situation and are aggravated on road. For example, a bad incident at home will keep the driver in a bad mood while on road as well.
It is extremely important to manage and control your emotions while on road keep yourself and your fellow road users safe and away from harm’s way. There are many ways to de-stress yourself while on road. Let’s look at some practical and easy ones.
Do you practice any of these while driving your car or riding your bike? What is your favorite way to de-stress yourself while on road? Let us know in the comments.