Nervous Drivers

October 17, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Posted in GHS | 3 Comments
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Driving to me means freedom and independence but it can also mean tension and anxiety. This is especially true if your driving on a freeway and you have no idea where to exit which has happened to me numerous times.

This brings me to the topic of this post which is nervous drivers and how to overcome those anxious feelings that you can experience when your driving. I think this is an important topic because nervous drivers are likely to make more mistakes on the road which can lead to fatal road accidents.

Below are some tips that can help you keep calm even if you find yourself in a situation where you feel like you have no control over the car:

  • Plan your trip: before you go anywhere make sure that you have had a look at a map so that you are able to navigate yourself to your destination. Google Maps is a good way to do this especially because your able to get a street view of the location your going to which means that you can see where your able to park and what important intersections there are in the area
  • Set yourself easy goals, this means that if your terrified of driving on the freeway then start off by going to your local shops and then next time you can drive to a different location
  • Get help from a driving instructor: if your a really nervous driver then you might want to get a couple of lessons with a professional driving instructor. This is a great way to regain control on the road as you have someone next to you who is able to deal with different driving situations and can put you at ease when you feel frightened or uncomfortable
  • Take regular breaks: every two hours take a fifteen minute break
  • Keep your distance, ensure that there is a two second gap between you and the vehicle in front of you
  • Be mindful of all road signs, this is especially true when your on the freeway as road conditions can change at a faster rate compared to ordinary roads

Remember that slow and steady wins the race. This might sound like a big cliche but its a good motto to follow when it comes to overcoming driving anxiety. There is no shame in starting off slow by getting in the car and just familiarizing yourself with the driver’s seat, turning the engine on, adjusting mirrors and so on.

Lastly, if you need help and support don’t be afraid to ask for it, you never know what a huge difference this could make to your driving abilities.

Keep in mind that driving can be an exhilarating and empowering experience that everyone should be able to take part in.

Sources

Drive & Stay Alive, INC. (2004) Advice for Nervous Drivers [online]. Available at: http://www.driveandstayalive.com/info%20section/news/individual%20news%20articles/x_040820_advice-for-nervous-drivers_%28lancs-uk%29.htm [Accessed 14 October 2012].

witterings of the overtired (2012) Tips for Nervous Drivers [online]. Available at: http://podgypixiejo.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/tips-for-nervous-drivers.html [Accessed 14 October 2012].

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