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Top 5 tips to beat driving stress

For many motorists driving can be a stressful experience. However, by taking a few simple measures, you could make your journey a much more pleasurable event for both you and your passengers.

Here are a few top tips for busting stress on the road.

Take regular breaks

Even the most experienced driver can make mistakes if they're tired. If driving a long distance, make sure you're well rested and take sufficient stops along the way. Not only will you feel more relaxed and focused, you could also avoid bumps, prangs and costly car insurance claims.

Plan your route

Getting lost can be a very stressful experience. Ensure you plan your route carefully before setting off on your journey and leave plenty of time to reach your destination. The internet has some excellent route planning websites that can give you step-by - step directions from your starting address to your destination postcode. You could appoint a designated map reader or even invest in a satellite navigation system.

Get comfortable

To avoid unnecessary irritation on route, make sure you have optimum comfort from the outset. Check your driving position is correct and that you have maximum visibility. Also ensure that the temperature inside the vehicle is satisfactory and there's a good circulation of fresh air.

Keep children amused

To help avoid distraction from your young passengers, it could be helpful to pack a selection of toys and games to keep them entertained. It's important to make sure children are comfortable and properly secured before starting your journey. Investing in seat mounted DVD players could also help keep children amused on long journeys.

Stay hydrated

It's a good idea to keep a bottle of water to hand - especially in hot weather. By keeping yourself well hydrated, it's likely you'll feel more alert and in control. However, only consume food and drink when you are stationary and it's safe to do so.

Also, remember to check your car insurance before setting off on your road trip to make sure you have ample cover for your needs.

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