Moving to a new town? Or planning a road trip with your friends? Visiting family or driving somewhere for work? Whatever your reasons for driving across the country, nothing beats hitting the open road and enjoying some time behind the wheel, windows down with the music playing loud!
Sadly, driving through a new city is also cause for a lot of anxiety and stress. And if you’re unfamiliar with the roads, the signalling, different lanes and potentially huge amounts of traffic then you may be more likely to be involved in a car accident – check out this company for information on road traffic collisions that weren’t your fault.
Thankfully, there are ways you can combat your anxiety of driving in a new city.
Don’t let your passengers put you off
If you’re hitting the road with your friends or family in tow, then you can expect to have exciting chatter around you, and plenty of loud music to sing along to. However, these kinds of distractions can make navigating your way through a new location quite difficult. You’ll need to have your wits about you and be able to concentrate fully, so ask your passengers to tone down their excitement a little whilst you get your bearings.
Consider a (virtual) trial run
If you really want to get to grips with your given route, consider checking it out on Google Maps street view first. Then, when you hit the road for real, you’ll hopefully recognise certain points of interest and have a better understanding of what to expect.
Avoid rush hour
Rush hour in the morning and the afternoon is probably best avoided if you’re feeling nervous about driving somewhere new. Do a little research to check when the roads will be quieter. It’ll give you more time to make decisions and allow you to recover from mistakes quicker, without getting too flustered or causing an accident. It’s also worth finding out if there are any diversions or road works in the area.
Keep your speed down
Don’t be tempted by the local driver who is trying to pressure you into driver faster. As long as you’re comfortable and stick to the speed limit, you’re not doing anything wrong. Driving a little slower than the speed limit will give you a chance to check for street signs, road markings and other potential hazards.
Change your route
If you’re feeling super anxious, then consider a different route that will demand less of you. There’s no shame in it! After all, it’s much better to arrive at your destination safely.
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