There's nothing worse than being stuck in traffic.
There's nothing worse than being stuck in traffic. Claudia Baxter

Traffic brings out the worst in us all

AS AN adult with no children, easily the best thing about school holidays is the lack of traffic on the roads.

More than once, I've wondered why I've arrived at work a little earlier and seemed to be in a better-than-usual mood before realising it's school holidays.

Traffic congestion brings out the worst in us all and despite the in-car gadgets we can use to keep us entertained, they never seem to make it better.

Joe Fitzgerald.
Joe Fitzgerald.

So while the commute to and from work may be unavoidable, you can still keep your blood pressure in check and grey hairs at bay when behind the wheel.

The most obvious way is simply to leave a little earlier. I constantly run late because my mental estimates of travel time always seem to be set to the "dream run" setting. As in, I must be dreaming if I think I can get there in that time.

Lane hopping in heavy traffic is almost guaranteed to shorten your life as well, as changing lanes inevitably causes the one you left to speed up. Leaving you to stare at the unmoving SUV in front of you covered in My Family stickers.

I'm getting angry just thinking about it.

In the meantime, I'm counting down the weeks until the next school holidays. It's my happiest time of year.

RACQ has a host of helpful driving tips and fact sheets at www.racq.com/factsheets



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