Driving is more than getting yourself from point A to point B, it’s an opportunity to have a little time to yourself, listen to your favorite music or perhaps a podcast that you enjoy, or maybe take a (hands-free, of course!) phone call or two for work. Car time can be used for enjoyment as well, as a pleasant drive through the countryside can be used to decompress after a long week. For those of you who do drive, you know what I am talking about.
But not all ladies realize that when you’re in your car, you don’t automatically wear a cloak of invisibility. That is why your deportment is important not only when you are out and about, meeting and interacting with other people when you’re standing in front of them, it’s also important when you’re in your car on the road with them. Everyone can see you and can see what you’re doing, what expressions you’re making, and sometimes even more.
If this is something you have never given much thought to, don’t worry you are not alone! A lot of you have experienced the behavior of other drivers on the road who conduct themselves very inelegantly in their vehicles as if suddenly they lost any sense of self-awareness that they may have had. And one thing I am quite sure of is that you did not appreciate their rudeness! The truth is that no one does. Some of their actions may even have made it a little bit unsafe for others around them or even made an accident happen. You are still in front of others in your car, even if you have a shield of metal and glass around you.
So what are some ways that we can remember to be more mindful of how we are presenting ourselves to others in our vehicles? It’s really not that difficult!
Remember that you are out in public when you are in your car.
Make sure that you are being seen the way you want to reflect who you are when you are behind the wheel.
Treat other people on the road with the same consideration that you’d want to be treated with.
The first point is just a shift of mindset, acknowledging that being seen can take many forms.
The second point addresses how you consistently show up in public, not only with your behavior but also with your appearance. Just because you are driving to do errands doesn’t mean that you’re going to present the worst version of yourself! It is possible to be very comfortable and very chic at the same time, even in a very casual look. My students in The Elegant Stylist become experts at this, so if this interests you, go to elegantstylist.me to learn more.
The third point requires some self-reflection, which is always important for people to do in polite society.
I’ve made this video to help you with a deeper dive into it, so watch it now for more tips and advice!