September 1st, 2013 22:46 EST
How to Reduce Your Anxieties and Fears of Driving
I noticed that many people drive really fast nowadays while I tend to drive near the speed limit.
It can be very stressful having people fly by you on the road.
Here are some techniques I try to use to help reduce my anxieties of driving without getting stressed out.
The first step I follow is to obey the speed limit regardless of what everyone else does. The speed limit is there for a reason so try to follow it. If you go too fast, you will increase your chances of getting into an accident.
In addition, reduce how fast you go when driving in bad weather. Obeying the speed limit can reduce your chances of getting into an accident.
Secondly, I always try to drive defensively. If somebody near you is driving recklessly, give the person additional space on the road and let him or her pass you by.
Do not engage people who drive fast and dangerously. Just let these dangerous drivers drive by and stay away from them.
I always try to play it safe when I drive.
Avoid trying to take shortcuts that could increase your chances of getting into an accident. For instance, people tend take risks to avoid sitting in traffic for a couple of minutes. They will change lanes into the line of traffic or do something that might be risky.
This may save you a few minutes but you could get into an accident. Be patient when you are driving. Take your time when you drive and be a little patient.
I also learned never ride somone`s bumper even if they are going really slow. If the person in front of you should stop suddenly you do not want to end up crashing into them. I always leave enough space in front of me in case the driver would stop for no reason. This will reduce your chances of getting into an accident.
Finally, I always try to maintain control of my car.
If something would happen, hopefully I would be able to react in avoid an accident. Many people drive so fast that if something would happen they would not be able to react fast enough. In addition, avoid any distractions when your driving and don`t drink and drive.
Driving can be fun and safe if you obey the traffic laws and speed limit. Be a safe driver and get there in one piece. If you have to wait in traffic for an extra few minutes then wait a few minutes.Your goal is to get to your destination in one piece.
Stan Popovich is the author of "A Layman`s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods" - an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/