Roadside Chat - I feel the need... the need to buckle up
Adrenaline…it’s the hormone that your body releases in response to stress. The major emotion studied in relation to adrenaline is fear. From endocrineweb.com/adrenaline, “Adrenaline is a hormone that prepares your sympathetic nervous system to fight or flee, and your body makes it in response to a stressor or threat. It’s an amazing thing to have coursing through your system when facing danger—people have been known to lift cars off children and run faster than they ever had due to adrenaline. It increases the flow of blood to muscles, releasing sugar into your bloodstream, along with a cascade of other effects that make your body alert and more able to fight off an attacker or outrun a flood.”
The website highlights this scenario:
Picture this: you’re driving down a country road, singing along with your favorite song, cool air rushing through your hair, when out of nowhere a moose appears in a bend in the road. Before you know what’s happening, you swerve to miss it and slam on your breaks. You’re breathing hard and fast, your heart is pounding, your legs are shaking, your body is sweating, but your mouth is dry.
How did your body go, in seconds, from relaxed in the driver’s seat to full fight-or-flight mode? You have adrenaline to thank.
One way to reduce your stress and subsequent adrenaline release, as well as keep you safe, is to buckle up, every seat, every time.
Top Gun may be 36 years old, but the recently released sequel has all excited about quotes from the original - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2CFhMr-0C8
In Iowa in 2022, there have been 124 deaths in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of 14 since last Friday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf