After a long period of not driving, getting back on the road can seem like a daunting prospect to many people. Whether you stopped driving due to a car accident or for medical reasons, getting behind the wheel will undoubtedly be a big deal for you.
Before you can start driving again, you have to spend some time mentally preparing yourself for the experience so you can ease back into the swing of things. The following are five helpful ideas you can follow to reduce your stress and anxiety:
1. Don’t Avoid the Scene of an Accident
Was the reason you stopped driving due to a car accident? If so, you might have fears of driving in or near the scene of the collision, especially if you ended up sustaining an injury from your crash. The thing is, you shouldn’t avoid the area.
Doing so can negatively affect your driving confidence. It’s better to face your fears and tackle them so that you can move on with your life.
2. Don’t Push Yourself
Some people would have you believe that it’s better to “jump in the deep end” and carry on driving as you did before you took your driving break. The truth is, it can be detrimental to your progress and potentially cause you to avoid driving again forever.
Instead, take things slowly. It makes sense to practice with small amounts of driving each day, even if all you do is drive around the block. As your confidence builds, you can travel further afield and drive for longer journeys.
3. Drive a Comfortable Vehicle
The last thing you want to do is get back to driving but having to do so in a vehicle that’s either unfamiliar to you or makes your driving time stressful. If the car you have isn’t suitable for your needs, sell it and get one that is better suited to you.
For example, you might find it easier to drive in a smaller vehicle instead of a large sedan or family vehicle. Remember that the idea of getting back on the road is to boost your confidence, not demolish it by driving a vehicle that is challenging to maneuver.
4. Consider Some Refresher Driving Lessons
While you already know how to drive, you might prefer to take a few refresher driving lessons before going solo with a car. Taking refresher driving lessons can add therapeutic value to your plan of getting back behind the wheel.
What’s more, the lessons can also help you get rid of any bad habits you had prior to stopping driving so you can feel more confident when you next drive.
5. Listen to Calming Music as You Drive
One final tip to help you get used to driving again is to make sure you only listen to calming music as you drive. The idea of listening to such music is that it’ll help you focus on your drive and make you feel less anxious.