Have you ever gotten that feeling? The heavy feeling of dread or fear weighing down on you as you step into your car and switch it on. You sit in the driver’s seat, taking deep breaths and hyping yourself up before you pull your car out of the parking spot to start your journey.
It’s actually a very common feeling that many other people share, so do know that you’re not alone in your struggles to overcome the anxiety towards driving. In fact, 25 – 33% of people fear driving after they have been involved in any sort of car accident. This percentage has created waves of fear among people who have newly obtained or even have yet to acquire their driver’s license through haunting stories floating around social media.
While driving can be a very frightening experience for some, we’re here to let you know that it doesn’t have to be. We want you to be a conscious yet confident driver so you as well as other drivers can be safe on the road with no hesitations. Here are a few tips that can help you overcome your fear of driving:
Plan your drives ahead of time
It always helps to know where you’re going, the weather and traffic conditions as well as the time it takes to get to your destination prior to starting your engine. This gives you the confidence to drive from point A to point B without any worries of getting lost, unexpected traffic or weather conditions throughout your drives.
Practice makes progress
If you’re determined to overcome your fear of driving, you have to try and get behind the wheel more often to give yourself the confidence as you will eventually get the hang of things. You can start your journey by taking a drive through your neighborhood or roads you’re familiar with before slowly going onto bigger and busier roads to step out of your comfort zone.
Make your car a portable comfort zone
Since you’ll obviously be inside of your vehicle the entire ride, you can try to make your vehicle a comfortable place where you’ll feel safe to be in for long periods of time. Start with making your seats comfortable, adding accessories or even playing your favourite songs while you’re driving. This can calm your anxiety while making your drives more enjoyable.
Take your time
There’s never a need to rush your drives because this can actually increase your anxiety while driving. Instead, you should always choose to play it safe when you’re on your way to your destination. You can start your journey early to ensure that you’ll be on time to where you need to be if necessary.
Have a backup plan
Of course, sometimes things go wrong but that doesn’t mean your day is completely ruined. Whether your car broke down enroute to your destination or your car suddenly won’t start, you can always count on us to SERV you in times of need. You can use the SERV app to call for assistance when you’ve found yourself in one of the worst case scenarios while on the road.
We hope these tips can help you change your perception towards getting behind the wheel. Besides these steps, we also encourage you to learn other breathing, grounding and calming techniques that have been proven to slowly help steady your anxiety before or after your drives. Stay safe in your journeys & remember that SERV is always here to help you when you’re in need of any emergency assistance!
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