Does driving increase blood pressure?

I’m a tad overweight and high blood pressure runs in my family. I exercise and I diet, but one thing that really seems to get under my skin is driving and commuting. Will driving increase blood pressure in some cases?

Eric Schad · Answered on Dec 06, 2022
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
If you’re exercising and eating right, you’re taking some great steps to limit your family history of health problems! With that said, studies show that driving may increase blood pressure, especially during commutes.
The study showed that the longer a person commutes or continuously drives, the more likely they are to have heightened blood pressure behind the wheel. Throw aggressive music and road rage into the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for high blood pressure.
However, you can reduce blood pressure while driving with a few of these methods:
  • Listen to soothing music or talk radio that doesn’t get you fired up.
  • Practice breathing exercises.
  • Get enough sleep before you drive.
  • Avoid the temptation to engage in street racing or road rage.
  • Above all, try to relax!
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