It is never easy to be on the road for the first time. This time, you are not being ferried, you are the driver. We are all excited about getting a driving license and owning a car, but something after all that, comes driving phobia. This mostly affects women and even some men. Read on to find out how to be safe and without fear as driver.
How to overcome driving phobia
As they say, practice makes perfect. You can do all you want to do, but with a lot of practice for perfection. Doing it, again and again, makes you even better. To build muscles, for example, you have to do it again and again. It is time to leave your driver behind and hit the road on your own.
If you experience the initial signs of fear, that is, sweating, nervousness, stomach pains and nausea, breathe in to calm yourself down. Slowly and calmly breathe in and out. It has been proven that assuring yourself and it is okay while breathing in and out calms one down. You will find yourself composed and in control after this simple exercise.
Tag a friend along
Get a driving companion and ask them to come with you. Ask your friend, sibling or partner to go with you. Having them around gives you confidence and you kind assured that all will be well. You feel like you have a guardian angel. Distract yourself by having simple conversations with them while driving. Do not concentrate on yourself, just be cool.
Your favorite music is a great way of distracting yourself. Tune into your favorite radio station and calm your nerves. Singing or humming your best music helps you do away with things stressing you. As mentioned earlier, to get the confidence you need to distract yourself by doing another task and in this case it music.
Make progressive steps
Simple steps will help you eliminate your fears easily. Do not rush, just go slow on yourself. It is unfortunate that many people with driving phobia give up at the very initial stages. It is a pleasurable task you are giving up on. You must note that, if you do not accept that you have this phobia, it will be difficult to overcome it. The first step to overcoming must be acceptance. Drive to the nearest shops; you can pull over to relax. By so doing, you will find yourself on the highway soon.