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4 Ways To Reduce Driving Anxiety


While you can find plenty of people who are afraid of spiders compared to those that are afraid of cars, there are still many who experience anxiety on the road for one reason or another.

 

 What Causes Driving Anxiety?

Anything that causes stress can cause anxiety and driving can be quite a stressful task at times. Every moment that you are traveling at high speeds and having to dodge other drivers on the road is a stressful occurrence.

That aside, for those who have experienced or witnessed an auto accident, the anxiety may come from reliving the event or seeing the dangers of driving firsthand. Even having a loved one injured from a car accident that you did not witness can be enough for someone to fear driving.

Tips To Overcoming Your Driving Anxiety

Overcoming your fear of driving is a process and though it may take a while to fully get over your anxiety, there are a few ways to help you reduce the amount of fear you feel while on the road.

1. Face Your Fear

This is often easier said than done, but it is an important step to getting over your driving anxiety. You do not want your anxiety to increase your risk of danger either so it is best to start small and work your way up to bigger challenges. If your anxiety is especially bad, you may even want to have a close family member or friend with you to help you calm down or to take over if the experience becomes too overwhelming.

2. Don’t Add Extra Pressure

As mentioned previously, you should start small and work your way up. In other words, you should not present yourself with additional challenges until you are confident enough to handle them. For example, if driving already makes you nervous as it is, then you should not make it worse by driving during rush hour or on the highway until you are ready.

Additionally, you should not practice any reckless behavior while behind the wheel. Make sure to drive within the speed limit, use your signals before you turn, stop at stop signs, and so on. You cannot overcome your fears if you allow your fears to compromise your ability to drive safely.

3. Practice Driving In Safe And Slow Areas

Being able to be behind the wheel in a safe area can make all the difference when it comes to your anxiety. Try to look for an empty parking lot and simply drive around for a while. The longer you can drive without any dangers present, the calmer you can feel about being behind the wheel.

4. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is about being aware of and addressing each stressor as it comes until you can feel relaxed. The more you are aware of the signs of stress and tension, the better you will be able to talk yourself down from them. If your mind has a habit of wandering into dangerous thoughts or you often find yourself clenching the steering wheel too tightly, learn to get control over these emotions and habits.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

4 Ways To Reduce Driving Anxiety

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