Tips to Help You Overcome a Fear of Motorway Driving
It is incredibly common for many new drivers to quickly develop fears of driving on a motorway, or similar dual carriageway roads. This is expected as motorways are where you are expected to drive the quickest, where there can be sudden large changes in driving speeds and where we see many accidents plastered over television or radio shows. But in fact, motorway driving is in so many ways the easiest and safest method of getting around. So to help you out, here are three tips on overcoming your fear of motorway driving.
1. Use Relaxation Techniques
Often, your fear of entering the motorway whilst driving gets worse as it’s easy to work your mind up into a frenzy over what could go wrong. Relaxation techniques can go a long way in helping you deal with that frenzy. Deep breathing is the easiest and most straightforward technique and can be done before driving and even during. Start by breathing in slowly through the nose and counting to 5. Then, exhale slowly through your mouth whilst also counting to 5. Repeat this process a number of times and slowly start to feel your body relax.
2. Undertake a Desensitisation Programme
Removing a fear of motorway driving is not something that happens immediately, and should instead be carried out over a number of weeks, ideally through a desensitisation programme. This is where you gradually increase the amount of time spent on motorways until your tolerance level increases. For example, on your first day, just try and enter the motorway for just one exit and then leave straight after. The next time, stay on for 2 exits, and then 3 and so on. If you need to remain at the same number of exits for a couple of weeks then that’s fine, but focus on pushing yourself forward.
3. Book a Driving Lesson
If you’ve recently passed your test and are afraid of entering the motorways alone, then you can book a post-test driving lesson to let a driving instructor help you learn the ropes and rules associated with motorway driving. They can also help you with either one of the methods above, which can drastically improve your road confidence.