• Tom Girardi

Having a bad day? It could adversely affect your driving

Everyone has bad days. From the moment you wake up in the morning, you just know. You just want to go back to bed, go back to sleep and start over at another time. Sadly, few people have the luxury of following through with that plan. You may not think your mood will affect your ability to drive safely, but it could. 

Which emotions have the most negative impact on driving?

The last thing you need is for your emotions to get in the way of your ability to drive safely. Below are some of the most common negative emotional states that could divert your attention from driving, which increases your chances of getting involved in an accident:

  • Worry, stress and depression tend to put your mind in a negative space. Your thoughts could easily distract you from the road.

  • Being upset or angry will more than likely keep you from paying adequate attention to the road. In this state, you could easily lose precious seconds you would need to respond to an emergency or obstacle as you drive.

  • If you feel rushed or are impatient while driving, you may engage in dangerous driving behaviors. You could tailgate, weave through traffic, cut off other drivers, turn in front of other vehicles or speed, which all increase the potential for disaster.

Ordinarily, you would probably diligently pay attention to the road and make sure you follow the rules of the road since you know they are designed to keep you and others safe. However, if any of the above sound familiar, you may want to take a few moments before driving in order to relax and purge those negative emotions so that you can concentrate on driving safely.

Now that you feel calm enough to drive, you no longer present a danger to yourself or others. Unfortunately, other drivers may not take that time as you did. They continue to drive in a negative state of mind and end up causing a collision in which you suffer injuries. In the aftermath of such an event, you may want to consider pursuing the compensation you deserve to help with the inevitable financial losses that accompany a car crash.