There's no doubt that Baltimore, MD, has reputedly horrible traffic sometimes. And you can expect more of it with the holidays coming around soon. It's natural to hate being in traffic, as you are essentially stuck with nowhere to go. We've gathered a few tips and tricks for you to cool your mind during rush hour.
Engage your brain
Keeping your mind focused on enjoyable educational content can make the time go by faster and ease your misery. We recommend content such as podcasts, audiobooks, or even tuning into talk radio; all of these are great ways to stick it through.
Many apps nowadays can help drivers dodge high-traffic areas by offering alternative routes in real-time. Some of these apps include Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze.
Open the windows
How about some fresh air to calm your nerves? When your body is tense and wound up from stress, it's important to practice deep breathing. Fresh air can help release tension by adding more oxygen to your body and brain.
Make a pit stop
If traffic is too unbearable, you can always take the nearest exit and find a pit stop to take a break from all that braking. The park, mall, restaurant, or gas station can even serve as an intermission to take a breather before you hit the road again. And if you're lucky, the traffic could have cleared out in the meantime.
Car karaoke never hurt anybody. Singing along to some tunes is a fast, fun, and easy way to turn that frown upside down. Whether it's flipping on the radio or tapping on your 'favorites' playlist, the music can change the mood in the car.
We hope some of these tips and tricks help you stay sane in MD traffic. To stay safe on the roads, please remember to take proper care of your car. For all your auto needs, we invite you to Paul's Automotive.