5 ways to avoid stress behind the wheel

Don't sweat it. Motoring bliss can exist in Metro Manila
Oct 12, 2017
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It's so easy to let the driving environment dictate our state of mind. A total standstill makes us impatient. Traffic enforcers who hang around idly infuriate us. The odd potholes have us cringing when we land in them. The never-ending road repairs make us shake our heads. And when we are on the receiving end of another motorist's offensive tactics, we are often tempted to succumb to road rage and retaliate.

Stress is bad. We don't need any more of it in our lives. Our cars should be sanctuaries, and driving is supposed to be enjoyable. Here's how to protect yourself from being overwhelmed by Metro Manila's traffic condition and to maintain a stress-free motoring life.

1. Acceptance.
Let's face it: The traffic situation will only get worse. The sooner you accept this, the better. Before you hop into your car and head out from the comfort of our homes, you should already expect to be stuck in a traffic jam.

This is called “managing expectations.” If, by some miracle, the road frees up, you will appreciate it all the more. Nothing could be worse than letting the long, arduous commute ruin your mood. And if you are in a car with loved ones, having a rain cloud over your head will surely ruin the atmosphere. Just smile, man. We'll all get there eventually. 

2. Relax, but still be fully aware of everything around you.
Calmly scan the surroundings as you would the natural environment. Don't drive as if you were in a race. That kind of attitude will only stress you out. But don't be oblivious to to what's happening outside of your car, either.

Features like Blind Spot Warning (which tells you when there's an object in your blind spot) and Moving Object Detection (which sends an audio alert when there is movement around your vehicle) on the Nissan X-Trail function like an extra pair of eyes and enhance your sense of awareness. The chances of bumping a wayward pedestrian or a street vendor are lessened, and that will save you from unnecessary anxiety. There's even Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which warns you of unsighted vehicles while reversing. And when you need to park in a tight space, you can rest assured that the vehicle's Around View Monitor, which provides a 360-degree bird's-eye view, will get you slotted perfectly within the parking lines while avoiding all obstructions.  

3. Enjoy the journey and the company you are with.
In this fast-paced life, quality time is important. Much of that time is spent on the road. If you are with your loved ones, this is a chance to catch up with them and hear about what's been going on in each other's lives. The X-Trail's plush interior and seven-seat capacity make it an ideal place to while away the traffic. 

4. Drive with a sense of security.
Anyone who owns a car in this country has experienced the stress of driving in ever-changing road conditions. And in a tropical country like the Philippines, the weather can change almost instantaneously, too.

The X-Trail's All-Mode 4x4-i system automatically adjusts power distribution to the wheels to give drivers full control of the vehicle as they take on challenging situations. 

5. Trust your car.
All the latest driver aids are meant to assist you and make motoring easier and safer. The X-Trail is fitted with a full suite of Nissan Intelligent Mobility features that will enhance your confidence.

In bumper-to-bumper traffic, Forward Collision Warning sends a visual and auditory warning when it senses an impending collision; should you not react quickly enough, Intelligent Emergency Braking applies the brakes and stops you from rear-ending the vehicle ahead. It’s features like these that will save you from the stress of dealing with a massive repair bill.


The state of traffic in the city won't change overnight, but modern cars have adapted to ease the burden of driving in the metro. With a host of driver aids at the ready, the Nissan X-Trail equipped with intuitive Nissan Intelligent Mobility allows you to drive in the city (and outside of it) with confidence and comfort. 


Visit Nissan Philippines' website for a closer look at the X-Trail and other vehicles. 

This article is created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with Nissan.
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