To help, Dr. Beck offers these tips as part of the Dodge "Avenge Your Commute" campaign:
Comfortable Ride-You can ease stress-induced neck, head and back pain by:
• Pressing your head back against the headrest until your neck muscles are tight. Hold for a count of three and then relax. Repeat 10 times.
• Pushing your shoulders down and back, so that your shoulder blades push against the seat. Hold and release 10 times.
Jam in Traffic-Your favorite tune or radio station can do wonders towards easing stress. You can use technology such as the Dodge Avenger's available Sirius Satellite Radio to listen commercial-free to your favorite songs. Equally important, the radio is available with a MyGIG™ multimedia system with navigation that can provide alternate routes based on real-time traffic patterns.
Hydration is Key-Dehydration causes irritability and fatigue, so sip a chilled beverage before you're feeling parched. With the Dodge Avenger's Chill Zone™ beverage storage bin, you can stock up on bottled water, sports drinks and other beverages to keep you well hydrated. Then, keep it cold-or hot-in the vehicle's heated/cooled front cup holder.
Take a Breath-Blast cool air into your face from the air conditioner or roll down the window and breathe in fresh air. Hold your breath for a count of three and let out an audible sigh.
Stay the Course-Remember that changing lanes frequently usually only shaves a few seconds off your drive-but it could increase your chances of colliding with another car.
For more information, visit www.DodgeAvengeYourCommute.com.