Driving can be extremely stressful and some people find it more difficult than others. If you are experiencing fear and anxiety when you get behind the wheel you may be tempted to give up driving all together.
Thankfully there are ways to overcome this stress so read through these tips and put the fear aside.
Whether you are a new driver or someone who has driven for years you can be struck by panic attacks and increase anxiety behind the wheel at any time. One of the ways to combat this issue is to face the fear head on. This is not necessarily easy but it will give you the gradual confidence and show you that you need not avoid driving altogether.
The more you avoid the problem that causes you stress the more likely the problem will grow and get worse.
Take things slowly and don’t rush off into a busy street or go for a road trip on the motor way.
Think about the quietest areas and stick to the slow roads. If there is a very large car park that is empty at the weekend use it to practice driving without anyone else being in the area.
The more time you spend behind the wheel the better, just take it slow and give yourself small tasks to complete before moving on to something you may find more challenging.
Some of the relaxation techniques can be done outside of the car and in your own home. Practice deep breathing and learn how to help yourself relax and stop feeling so anxious.
If you do experience panic attacks it is useful to challenge the attack rather than fear it. If you can use your breathing and work through the process successfully in your own home you will learn to transfer these techniques into the car.