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Driving Under Distress

Author: Gary Vela / June 19, 2017 / Categories: Daytona Beach, Florida

Life happens fast, and it doesn’t give us time to worry about what happens next. We have to deal with it as it happens. Sometimes it happens at pretty inopportune times. Times like when we have to get behind the wheel of a car and drive somewhere. What do we do when we are emotionally compromised and need to drive? If we get in a car wreck because we were wiping away tears we might get some compassion, but we are not going to get out of paying for it. So let’s look at what should you do instead of driving when you are emotionally compromised or driving under emotional distress.

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The most basic advice is simply not to drive anywhere until you calm down. Sit in your car, turn on some music, put on the air conditioner, and just breathe. In through the nose and out through the mouth. Let your heartbeat slow down a bit and let your mind stop running in too many directions. Right now, it needs to focus on the direction you are driving. Once you get where you are going you can focus more on what is happening around you. You already have a lot going on, you don’t need an automobile accident to top it all off.

You can also have a friend come and pick you up. Friends are always there for each other, and can help in hard times. You might need them to take you back later for your vehicle but at least you will get home safely. They can also join you to sit and watch TV while eating ice cream together, or pizza. Both are good options for making us feel better. They might have some carbs, desperate times calls for desperate measures. If a friend is not available, you can Uber too. Companies like Uber and Lyft can be lifesavers when we need a ride yet are not capable of driving.

Regardless of what you do always remember that it is normal to cry. Everyone does it, even when they don’t admit to it. It is not a sign of weakness or helplessness, it is simply a sign of being human. So don’t hold back those tears. Let them flow, just not when you are behind the wheel. Wait until you are somewhere safe before doing that. If you are involved in an automobile accident and need an accident attorney in Daytona Beach, contact Rue & Ziffra today at (386) 788-7700

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