Thursday, 8 October 2015

Coping with car anxiety

I know there are many people that suffer with anxiety either when driving or being in a car. So, I wanted to share my story. I have never been an anxious person, I have always been confident so it was strange for me when I sat in the driver's seat after so long that started to feel anxious. 

I'm not sharing this story because I want pity or because it seems that every YouTuber suffers from anxiety... I wanted to share the fear I had and my honest experience dealing with this and breaking out of this situation that was holding me back. 

Now, I never use to be an anxious driver. In fact, I used to be very confident and driving never phased me. But after not driving for 5 years and being involved in a car crash on the motorway it really knocked me for six. I just lost my confidence completely. I questioned everything and doubted my ability on the road. 

I would feel nervous just sitting behind the wheel it would panic me and my new car sat on my driveway for over a month before I built up the courage to finally drive the 27 miles to work. 

I think it takes a lot to get over something like this, and I know many drivers probably will think this blog is stupid - but I am not writing it for them. I am writing this for the many people out there who suffer from drivers anxiety. 

You're not alone! The good news is, you can get over it. I did, the more I drove the more confident I felt. I now feel that I can go anywhere and I don't feel nervous or anxious doing so. I also feel much better with passengers in my car. This was something that would make me feel nervous because I put this pressure on my shoulders that there life was in my hands. 

I thought it would be great to share with you my experience and some advice that helped me. 

Here are top tips on how to get over drivers anxiety: 
  1. Understand what your trigger is - whether it's speed, having passengers or the thought of being in traffic and losing control
  2. Go to a secluded place where you can practice - go through your manoeuvres and get more confident with your driving skills
  3. Drive shorter distances first - get use to your area and drive to a friends or to the shops 
  4. Have a passenger who builds your confidence - Gary's mum was my rock when I felt anxious and lost and she essentially helped build my confidence. 
  5. Take a deep breath and tell yourself you can do this! It's all in your mind. Overcome your fear. 
I hope this helps you, if you suffer from anxiety and want someone to chat to about it leave me a comment below or on my channel. :) 
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