Relieve Driving Anxiety with Defensive Driving

Driving anxiety can make it difficult to travel on the road, especially if you have a long commute to work or school. Some people only experience driving anxiety after being in a car accident (or nearly being in an accident). Other people experience driving anxiety when they are in certain driving situations. Driving on the highway/freeway, driving in rain or snow, driving in a school zone, and driving over bridges or through tunnels can make some people very anxious. These are just a few situations which can induce driving anxiety.

You can’t control how other people behave on the road, but you can do your best to be prepared for danger and to avoid it when possible.

One thing you can do to keep yourself safe on the road is to obey the rules. Drive at the speed limit or with the flow of traffic. Don’t talk on your cell phone while driving, and definitely don’t do any texting/Web-surfing while you are behind the wheel. Driving while highly emotional (sad, angry) or tired can also be very dangerous.

“Defensive driving” is basically smart driving. You drive in such a way that if someone else should do something foolish on the road, you will be able to avoid being harmed. For example, it is recommended that you drive at least one car’s length behind the car in front of you. Driving close behind another car is dangerous, because if the driver in front of you should stop short, you are more likely to rear-end him or her. In some states, the driver who hits another driver from behind is automatically at fault according to the law.

To read a list of safety tips for drivers (especially younger drivers), visit the link found below.

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