IT’S OKAY TO BE SCARED!
The first thing to understand and accept is that fear is normal. And your fear of driving yourself is not unique. Absolutely everyone is afraid. Only someone disguises it better than you.
What lies behind the fear of driving?
- Get into an accident. Traffic accident videos are one of the most popular on the Internet, so there are many situations in our library of memories that we would not want to get into, even if we have not yet witnessed a severe accident. But, unfortunately, the instinct of self-preservation prevents us from confidently taking the steering wheel into our own hands.
- Fear of not coping with the situation. Shame and shame when you do something wrong in front of an astonished audience. This fear has been in us since childhood. The bad news is that this is also not very pleasant. Good – dealt with the fear of shame then – handle it now.
WHAT CAN BE DONE IF YOU’RE AFRAID? DO IT NEVERTHELESS!
Take plenty of wipes to wipe sweaty palms and get behind the wheel through “I cannot.” Confidence comes after the first five thousand kilometers. Drive around in your free time, not when you need to travel on business. Fear of being late for important business meetings will exacerbate your driving anxiety, and you will never get into the driver’s seat. Let driving become your hobby first. Choose grocery stores further from home but in your area to practice maneuvers with no frantic movement: the more practice, the less fear.
Choose first the proven routes that you travelled as a passenger. The familiar atmosphere will relieve tension; you only need to follow the signs and markings while not being distracted by new signs, incomprehensible interchanges, etc.
EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM!
The best time to go to the main road is in the morning on weekends. The reason is that there are not many cars on the road early in the morning, which means that you will not annoy other drivers and bring you harmony.
DRIVE ON A SUBURBAN HIGHWAY
After cruising by the “home” routes, it is better to get used to the “big or main” roads after skating the “home” routes on a suburban street. There are more free movement sections, and there are fewer intersections and junctions than in the city. In splendid isolation, of course, there is no need to leave. Take an experienced driver with you so that he can prompt or help call for help in difficult times if the car breaks down on the track.
The “novice driver” sign as a shield will protect you from the aggression of other drivers on the road. They, of course, can swear in their cars, but at least they will beep less and speak obscenely in an open window addressed to you.
RIDE FOR THE COMPANY, WHY NOT?
Feel like an influential minister or even a president – go out onto the roads accompanied by another car, driven by someone you know. Look at the signs and follow the escort ahead of you. And ask one of your friends to sit next to you – in the passenger seat. This will create a more welcoming atmosphere and help take your mind off the anxious thoughts of a possible accident.
Pay significant attention to tires. The wrong ones can cause unfortunate events. So, make sure your ride is equipped with the corresponding tires. For example, suppose you own an SUV and select tires from the “top-rated SUV tyres“ list.
COUNTERACTIVE OR EXTREME DRIVING CLASSES
Taking classes in such courses increases not only the level of driving skills but also inner confidence. Unfortunately, not all schools have it, but if you have to choose, choose a school with more than 10 years of experience in training drivers and can increase the professionalism of a driver of any level. There is no limit to perfection.
COMBAT MORALE FOR A GREAT SPIN!
Get behind the wheel in a good mood, positive emotions from communication, watching a movie, for example, “Fast and the Furious”, or your favorite refreshing music will help set you up in the right mood.
However, try not to perform any dangerous stunts to “impress” the audience.
Have a good trip!
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