Road rage

Frantic Friday: table of hotspots lets drivers avoid traffic when travelling over Christmas

Frantic Friday: how drivers can prepare for traffic when travelling over Christmas 2017

You might think you’ve been organised when it comes to giving gifts for family and friends this Christmas, but have you given much thought to planning any journey by car?

Drivers are being warned to plan ahead when travelling in the lead-up to Christmas, after experts predicted that Friday, 22 December would be the busiest day on the roads – leading it to be dubbed “Frantic Friday”.

More than 20m vehicles are expected to take to roads over the Christmas period. And because Christmas Day falls on a Monday this year, a combination of commuters and those setting off for Christmas is predicted to lead to the highest number of traffic jams.

Inrix, a transport analytics firm, warned that last year, there were more than 300 traffic jams at a peak of around 5pm on Friday, 23 December. Continue reading

Road rage: How to cope with confrontation from other drivers and riders

Rage against the machine how to cope with confrontation on the road

Is road rage on the rise in Britain? Increasing numbers of incidents in the headlines suggest it might be. Often, these can be attributed to the boom in sales of dashboard and helmet cameras as video clips of confrontations are shared across social media and news outlets. But surveys have suggested that despite the UK’s roads getting safer in terms of accident rates, more people claim to have been a victim of road rage.

For the vast majority of drivers it can be a harrowing experience. Nerves are left frayed and a good day can be spoiled because another driver or road user’s temper has got the better of them.

The good news is, there are steps everyone can take to guard against road rage from others. Read on to help yourself stay safe and calm behind the wheel.

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Stressed drivers: How to stay calm when behind the wheel of your car

Stressed drivers

Stress experts say deep breaths could stop drivers getting angry at the wheel

Stressed out drivers seem to be a fundamental part of modern motoring. Whether the anxiety shows itself through rude gestures, driving aggressively or ignoring basic good manners and the rules of the road it’s there, eating away at many of us.

In 2015, the UK government’s Health and Safety Executive claims that more than 105 million work days a year are lost in the UK through stress, costing employers £1.24 billion. Stress is such a problem that in 2015 Jaguar Land Rover revealed it’s developing a range of in-car technologies aimed at reducing the number of stressed and distracted drivers. Unfortunately, they’re still a number of years away from being fitted to cars we can buy. So to help drivers stay chilled behind the wheel, here are some stress busting tips that can be put to good use today.
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