It is no question that driving can be an anxiety-inducing and potentially dangerous task. So far, according to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), there have been 325,889 car accidents in Florida, resulting in 207,365 injuries. For those who suffer from anxiety at the thought of sharing the road with others, it is important to remember that you are not alone. To help manage your stress and make driving a safer experience for yourself and all other drivers on the road, here are five tips:
5 Helpful Tips to Manage Your Driving Anxiety
1. Plan Your Trips Ahead of Time
If you know you will be driving in unfamiliar or heavy traffic areas, it is best to map out your route ahead of time. This way, you will know exactly where you are going and which roads to take. Heavy traffic areas can be incredibly stressful—planning your route ahead can avoid them altogether.
2. Leave Plenty of Time for Your Trip
If you are in a hurry, you are more likely to make reckless decisions while driving that can put yourself and others in danger. 415 people were killed in Florida accidents involving speeding or aggressive driving in 2020. Leaving plenty of time for your trip will help you avoid rushing and allow you to drive at a comfortable pace.
3. Avoid Road Rage (From You and From Others!)
If another driver cuts you off or drives erratically, it is essential to remember that it is not worth putting yourself in danger by letting your temper get the better of you. The best thing to do is stay calm and try to escape the situation as quickly as possible.
Similarly, if you are on the receiving end of a road rage incident, do not engage. Interacting with an angry driver rarely works in your favor.
4. Don't Drive When You're Tired
Those who have to drive at night may be apprehensive due to the potential of falling asleep at the wheel. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving, so it is vital to ensure you are well-rested before grabbing your keys. If you find yourself tired while driving, pull over at a rest stop and take a nap or grab a coffee before continuing on your way.
5. Know Your Limits
There is no shame in admitting that you are uncomfortable driving in certain situations. If bad weather or heavy traffic makes you anxious, avoid those conditions. If you must drive in them, go slowly and be extra cautious. Forcing yourself into unfamiliar situations when you are driving can result in disastrous consequences.
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Being a good driver means more than just knowing the rules of the road; it also requires being aware of your own limitations and abilities behind the wheel. By following these tips, you can help reduce your anxiety and stress the next time you have to hit the road. And if the worst should happen and you find yourself injured in a car accident, Shapiro Law Firm, P.A. will be here to help.
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