The world is starting to settle into its new routine as states begin to reopen and employees return to the workplace. However, returning to a routine also means returning to the daily commute.

Luckily, there are ways to reduce your stress and increase your safety during the commute, especially with a few tips and tools.

Check-in consistently

Many employees know they need to rotate their car’s tires or regularly change the oil. However, there are other ways to check your vehicle’s safety. For example, make sure that you are adjusting your mirrors each morning to account for blind spots.

Develop a route

Most workers rely on a standard route they take into work every day. But, there may be other ways to commute, including more scenic views, less traffic or just faster to your destination. You can try out different paths until you find a route that works best for your commuting style.

Manage stress

You do not want to zone out while commuting to the office – it’s dangerous for you and other drivers. That’s why you need to keep your stress levels low while staying alert on the roadways. You can do that by driving the speed limit, not changing lanes and driving defensively. If you practice safe driving, it makes your commute safer in general.

Use your “down” time.

While you can’t practice a zen mindset, you can use your downtime during your daily drives. Many commuters listen to audiobooks, podcasts or music. Audiobooks are especially popular since they are entertaining while keeping the mind active while you travel.

While commuting is never a fun activity, it can be a tolerable one if you have the right approach. The most important aspect is to make sure that commuting is a safe activity for you and all other drivers.