Anxiety from driving is common. Many drivers who have been in an accident or fear getting behind the wheel either avoid driving in certain situations or quit driving altogether. Often, people’s anxiety gets triggered when they witness traffic, specific tunnels, or going through a road where they have been in an accident.
Additionally, some people get anxious before getting inside the car, while some fear when they start to drive. Every person has a unique trigger when it comes to driving. However, one of the common reasons why people develop driving anxiety is after getting into an accident.
Suppose you or your loved one has suffered in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence. In that case, you are eligible for compensation for all your losses, including emotional pain and suffering (anxiety, depression, PTSD, and more). If you believe your anxiety is due to your accident, speak to a Cheyenne car accident lawyer to know your legal options for compensation.
Tips to overcome your driving anxiety.
- Remain calm before entering the car.
Before you even get behind the wheels, remain calm and try to avoid thinking about your fears and emotions. You may try various breathing exercises and prepare your mind to drive.
- Try driving in your locality.
Instead of directly going on a long journey, you can drive in your locality to know how your body and mind are reacting. When you drive in a familiar area, your anxiety will go easy on you.
- Ensure that your car feels like a safe space.
Sometimes having a negative atmosphere in the car can trigger your driving anxiety. Therefore, make sure you make your car a safe space. Music can be an instant mood lifter, so create a calming playlist to play in your car. Additionally, aromatherapy essential oils in your car can also help ease your driving anxiety.
- Focus on the road and your destination.
When anxiety gets triggered, you will have hundreds of thoughts running in your mind. Sometimes, the symptoms may be visible physically, such as a fast heartbeat and breathing, shivering, sweating, dizziness, and more. Make sure your focus remains on the destination and on-road. Look around your surrounding and focus on how you want to reach the destination safely.
- Try to eliminate negative thoughts.
People often assume the worst before things happen, especially when you are an overthinker or have a habit of thinking of all the possibilities. Try saying positive things to yourself before you start your car. Saying things like, ‘I will be okay,’ ‘my anxiety is not greater than my strength,’ and other positive words that will help ease your driving anxiety.