Feelings and Attitude Can Affect Driving

Feelings and attitude can have an impact on how safely you drive. When you are behind the wheel and operating a motor vehicle it is always best to be in a clear and focused state of mind. There are various normal, everyday emotions that can influence the way you drive, such as:


Emotions like anger, frustration, stress, anxiety and even sadness can all cloud a driver’s judgment on the roadway. When you are experiencing these types of emotions, it can make it extremely hard to focus and concentrate on what is happening around you while driving. A driver will be more apt to take risks or make impulsive driving decisions. 

Being Impatient

When a driver is in a hurry and rushing around, this can cause a driver to break traffic laws, such as speeding or tailgating. An impatient driver will often disregard traffic laws in order to get where they need to be in a hurry. This is not safe and never a good idea. 


Confidence is a great thing, especially when it comes to driving. However, an overconfident driver is typically less cautious and more apt to overlook road hazards. 

Driving without a clear head can cause all sorts of unsafe driving situations. A driver’s focus is narrowed and important roadway happenings can be easily missed. Reaction time is slowed as well. If a driver is thinking about other things and not focusing on the road, quick reaction time just isn’t there. 

Just like poor reaction time, poor decision making and poor judgment often go hand and hand with driving while stressed. Negative emotions can cloud judgment and lead to risky maneuvers behind the wheel. 

Managing Emotions While Driving

If you are ever feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take a few deep breaths before getting behind the wheel. Try to relax as best as possible. It’s always good practice to just take your time and calm down prior to getting into the driver’s seat. 

Try not to rush either, be patient. By leaving enough time for your trip, you will be less likely to get frustrated and stressed about getting to your destination on time. Therefore you won’t feel the need to rush. 

When you are in the driver’s seat, always try to maintain a positive outlook and attitude. Be courteous on the roadway. Never drive in haste or get involved with ‘road rage’ incidents. 

Drivers often get tired and fatigued as well, understand your limits. Don’t drive if you feel sleepy or exhausted. If you are driving and you feel tired or fatigued, find a safe place to pull over and rest for a bit before getting back on the road. 


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