Tackling Blue Monday with your car!

Posted on 17 January 2020 by CarTakeBack

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Blue Monday is upon us! Typically held on the third Monday of January, this year it lands on the 20th, holding the official title ‘most depressing day of the year’…

Well we’re here to make sure any car-related part of your day is anything but blue, other than the paintwork of course – we love a classic blue paintjob!

While many argue the whole concept of Blue Monday was just a PR exercise to sell holidays, when the calculation used includes factors such as weather conditions, debt level, time since Christmas and failed New Year’s resolutions, who can blame us all for feeling blue?!

But never mind feeling cold, broke and guilty… let’s turn those frowns upside down!

Blue Monday Driving

We can’t do anything about the weather, but be honest, if you’re a Brit there’s something very special about a sunny frosty morning. So let’s hope it’s one of those on the 20th and if not, enjoy wearing your thermal vest and using your new brolly, wellies, or whatever other winter-related gift you received over Christmas and let’s get on with advice for the day itself!

You must have known this tip was coming, so let’s address it first - the big January clean up! No, we don’t have a clearance sale on, we’re talking about you getting your fresh start underway with a feel-good clear out. It’s great for your home, your mental state and the environment. So, if you have an old car rusting on the driveway, get on to CarTakeBack and get rid! The money we give you back from your old motor will help with the post-Christmas penny pinch too! (If there's a scruffy car abandoned in your neighbourhood do let your local council know.)

Car being pulled onto a transporter

According to our Charity Car Partner CLASP Charity, some of the 1 in 4 people suffering from mental illness will be suffering with seasonal adjustment disorder. People often experience symptoms that mimic clinical depression, but those symptoms are exclusive to the winter season. These conditions can have a significant impact on driver safety, so a while back we got together to create some simple but effective tips for safer, more stress-free, winter driving. Here’s a brief version of the advice that will hopefully help you out this Blue Monday:

- Try to leave early to avoid rushing, speeding or getting stressed if you are caught in traffic delays. (Remember that trip to the loo before you set off!)

- Take the time to relax and focus before you set off so you are aware of all aspects of your vehicle and the road - that way you are more likely to prevent an accident rather than reacting to one.

- Dehydration and/or skipping meals will affect your concentration. That doesn't mean you have to schedule a full meal before you drive - a banana and a glass of water will do the trick. Do avoid eating while you are driving, and avoid the caffeine – it’s more likely to make you feel agitated than it is to help with concentration.

Driving in winter

Now all that advice was for if you have to use your car, but driving at busy times can be stressful whatever measures you take, so avoiding using your car could definitely help you dodge the blues… Monday morning heavy traffic VS working from home or catching up on some reading on public transport? Sounds like a no-brainer to us, and if you can reach work on foot, getting some fresh air and exercise walking would make for a much better start to Blue Monday. In fact, you would be making a great move towards a green Monday!

walking to work

Our last nugget of wisdom leads us to the Dry January campaign, which is Charity Car’s current Partner of the Month. Although enjoyable for many in moderation, alcohol is a proven depressant. We are sure none of you would ever consider drink-driving, but taking the time to assess your drinking in general and giving your body a break can have a positive effect on your mental health.

We hope you all have a happy Monday and that the only blue you experience on the 20th is in the sky or the paintwork of your resting car…

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