Being Stuck In Traffic, Health Behind The Wheel


March 10th, 2018   |   Updated on April 9th, 2020

Taking to the road; be it a side street, city route, or highway brings with it an element of danger regardless of the time of day.

None of us should get behind the wheel each time full of fear, as this brings about foolish decision making and certainly stress.

Stress! Who of us does not have some element of it during any point of the day? What adds to this? Being stuck in traffic, running late to an appointment, and the like.

An overview will be taken at some of the more dangerous states to drive. Next, some tips will be offered on how to relax when behind the wheel.

The conclusion will provide a helpful suggestion just in case the reader is involved in a serious accident that came about through no fault of their own.


The 10 Most Dangerous States to Drive In

The time comparison offered for review in this article spans from 2004 through 2014.

The data was acquired from the International Institute for Highway Safety and the Federal Highway Administration.

This data was then used for an article written by Michael B Sauter for HuffPost and 24/7 Wall St.

These are the states that rank as the most dangerous to drive in the United States, per the data collection:

  • Wyoming
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Alabama
  • South Dakota
  • Louisiana


What makes these states so dangerous to drive in? Rural roads, on the whole, are more dangerous to travel on.

Drivers tend to speed and drive more recklessly. Animals are more prevalent, which lends itself to automobile accidents that start with the critter trying to cross the road at an inopportune time.

Take a look at those 10 states mentioned above. What do many of them have in common? Widespread rural areas.


Staying Calm

Relax. Alert drivers make for safe drivers One way to not be alert is to carry unnecessary stress with you behind the wheel.

How do I manage this stress? Here are some helpful suggestions from Janis Frawley-Holler with FamilyCircle:

Red lights bring out the worst in some of us. Ever try counting when stuck at a light? You will probably be surprised just how short the stay is at that red light

Research different forms of hand exercises. This can prove especially beneficial for those who spend a lot of time on a computer
Every vehicle has a sun visor. Use it to your advantage.

Place a favorite picture or two here, and when the devil in your brain starts talking, flip the visor down and take a mental trip someplace relaxing

What better place to practice meditation than when in a traffic jam?

Lastly, music is the sound of the soul. Flip on that station, that album, that transcends your mind and spirit


Ask for Help

When involved in an auto accident that you are not at fault, the emotions that are sure to come include anger, fear, and self-pity. These emotions can drive the victim to irrational decisions.

Add to this the frustration if a semi-truck driver causes your accident.

According to truck accident lawyer San Antonio, the liability sometimes does not fall on the driver, as a faulty component on the truck can be the reason for the accident.

Hence, seeking legal representation is imperative for your own protection and care.

Knowing this beforehand can provide an extra level of comfort for any driver. None of us go out for the day seeking to be in an auto accident.

However, armed with this information, each of us has a better idea of what to do “just in case” it happens.