Emotions + Driving = Distracted Driving

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Feb 05, 2017 in Focus to the Finish, FTTF

Life is an emotional roller coaster. Stress, excitement, sadness, and more can hurt not just you, but the lives of others on the road.


Life is an emotional roller coaster; however, being emotional can compromise your ability to drive. Being emotional doesn’t mean just sadness, but also stress, excitement, and many others. Any emotion can compromise your driving because you are not 100% focused on the road.


Stress is very common considering that many leave work and the drive home is the time they spend unwinding. Life can be very stressful, and after work you may be exhausted and frustrated. Remember to take a deep breath, relax (the best you can), and realize that you need to leave that stress in the backseat as you drive home.


You just found out your wife is pregnant and words cannot describe your excitement. Your hands are shaking as you try to buckle your seatbelt since you can’t wait to get home and embrace your wife. Mind racing, you think about how your life is changing and maybe even possible baby names as well. You’re going to be a parent! Put a brake on your racing mind and grasp reality to focus on driving home so you can embrace your wife once you get home. The excitement will still be there.


Finding out your childhood pet has passed away is soul-crushing to say the least. Pets become a part of families and are an essential memory for many childhoods. The pain of losing a pet is like losing a family member, and while grieving is in order for your childhood pet, think before you drive. Crying will only blur your vision and make it hard to see the road. When you are calm and ready to focus on driving, then get on the road, or if you cannot calm yourself, ask a friend or family member to drive you home.


Stress, excitement, sadness, and more are all very real emotions that we all experience. While we may not be able to control when we feel these emotions, we can control when we get in the car and drive with them. There are other methods if you cannot compose yourself to drive home; consider a taxi, ride-sharing service, family member, or friend. Asking for help does not mean you’re weak. It means that you value the lives of others on the road and understand the risk you would put them at by driving yourself.


Being emotional while driving is extremely risky, and with Pekin Insurance’s Focus to the Finish campaign, we are dedicated to educating you on how to get to your destination safely. No matter what emotional state you are in, make sure you don’t take to the road unless you can focus on the drive and only the drive. Learn more at http://focus2thefinish.com/.




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