For a lot of us, there’s nothing better than driving. It gives us a sense of freedom and is way more fun than taking public transport. However to some, driving can be a daunting and scary experience. Here are some top tips on reducing your driving anxiety so you can learn to love driving!
Relearn The Basics
It can be beneficial to practice and relearn some of the basics of driving before you set off on your journey, especially if you haven’t driven in a while. This could be anything from checking your blind spots to finding a quiet car park to practice the dreaded parallel park. If you have the basics covered, it will help your confidence on the road.
Have Someone With You
If you’re a nervous driver, it can be reassuring having someone else who’s passed their test in the passenger seat. They can be good for reassurance or talking you through a tricky stretch of road. Whilst it’s good to have someone like this in your vehicle, don’t rely on them too much as you won’t learn how to deal with situations on your own.
Plan Your Journey
A lot of stress and anxiety can come from not knowing where you are or what’s coming up. By planning your journey, you can anticipate where on your journey something might trigger your anxiety. The better prepared you are for it, the more likely you’ll be able to deal with it. This will also avoid giving you a shock if there’s a diversion causing you to go an unfamiliar route.
This is probably easier said than done. If you can remain calm you are less likely to be distracted by your worries and lose concentration. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and can’t calm yourself down, find a safe place to pull over and have a break before setting off again. Try to remember, there’s a high chance you’re a good driver, they don’t just hand out driving licenses so try to not let your anxiety negatively reflect your ability.
Get Going Again
If you’re a worrier, had an accident or a near miss, it’s important that you don’t let this put you off driving for a long period of time. This is because that worry will build up and this will do no good for your confidence. If you get straight back on the road, even if it’s somewhere local and easy to get too, you’ll start to gain your confidence back.
Music can be a huge distraction if played at a loud volume and you’re signing along too. However, if you have music on quietly and it’s not too stimulating, it can be very relaxing and help you complete your journey.
If you continually find your anxiety is getting the best of you, it might be worth investigating some additional driving lessons/courses. These will give you tips and hands on experience of driving which should in turn reduce your anxiety.
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