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November 16, 2016

AskPatty is #Grateful in November for... Good Health

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Having just come out of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, and losing our dear friend Holly Reich to breast cancer, we at AskPatty are especially #grateful for our good health. Here we share a few tips about how to be healthier while behind the wheel of your car.

Car Tech: Cars to Scan Human Body for Healthier, Safer Motoring

Researchers are working on automotive technology to detect heart rates, brain waves, blood pressure, and even blood sugar levels -- all to help the driver be safe and healthy. Monitoring physical health while driving can even allow your car to monitor driver stress levels. For example, to help reduce stress the car may change mood lighting, audio settings and climate control.

Read more about how medical-related technology could become integrated into cars of the future for safer and healthier driving.

How to Eat Carefully While on a Road Trip

In addition to watching the road, are you also watching what you eat? For all the education we do about how to care for your car, It’s important to also know how to care for yourself while on the road. Check out this article that shares healthy eating tips while in the car, especially if you’re taking a family road trip!

Preventing Road Rage: Keep Calm, Drive On

An article on the gender and age profiles of road rage offenders in Psychiatry MMC reported that a number of studies have examined the characteristics of individuals who perpetrate road rage. It revealed that individuals are predominantly young (33 years of age on average) and male (96.6 percent). Investigators also found that road rage behavior may extend across all age groups with the exception of seniors. And while the behaviors are predominantly male, women are not exempt.

"I can imagine women might be more likely to engage in this type of aggression than other types (of behavior)," said Dr. Howard Forman, director of the Addiction Consultation Service at Montefiore Health System in New York. "When you are strapped in with your seatbelt you feel very protected. The sheet metal becomes the modern day armor and it makes you more willing to take risks. Once you put someone behind the wheel of a car, anyone's aggression can be unlocked."

In a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers even acknowledged their behavior. Male drivers admitted to speeding more compared to females. Less experienced drivers, 16-20 years old, admitted to speeding more frequently than any other age group and 11 percent of them reported at least one speeding-related crash in the past five years, compared to four percent for the population as a whole.

Learn more about changing aggressive behavior behind the wheel and learn five actions that could help reduce aggressive driving here at AskPatty.


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