How To Cope With Fearful Driving Situations
- Build confidence through training
- Listen to relaxing music or self help Cd’s
- Practice deep breathing
- Take your anxiety meds before driving if you have them prescribed
- Pull over if you feel that you cannot handle the heavy traffic
- Find alternate routes when possible
- Drive only during down time hours if possible
Not all people are used to driving in heavily populated areas. If you are one of these people you may fear:
- Hitting a pedestrian
- Hitting another car
- Being hit by another car
- Missing a turn and having to turn around and navigate though the heavy traffic once again
These are valid fears for one who is only experienced in driving in small towns. The above tips can help to lower your anxiety levels and get used to this type of driving experience.
One great tip is to take a class in defensive driving. If you have ever even ridden in a car in a highly populated area, you know that the best offense is a good defense.
Learning defensive driving skills can not only build your confidence about driving in heavy traffic, but can also keep you safe.
If all the other drivers around you are driving defensively and you are not, you are more prone to get into or cause an accident. Along with training, keep things in your car that bring you comfort and help you to relax.
Many people like to listen to relaxing music on the radio. Deep breathing works as well. Do this to keep yourself calm and centered so as not to create a situation where you begin to panic.
If at all possible, do your driving when the traffic is at its lowest. Also if possible, find an alternative route to your destination that does not take you through such heavily populated areas.
Most of all stay alert. Knowing what is going on around you can help you to focus and keep your anxiety levels down. Pay attention to the other drivers as well as pedestrians.
Therapy For Your Fear
Sometimes you just cannot overcome a fear on your own. Going to see a therapist can be very helpful and a good first step at becoming anxiety free while driving in areas with heavy population.
A therapist will be able to provide you with more tips on how to overcome your fears as well.