Fear. We do not like to talk about fears, but most of us have at least one. For some of us, our fears come from objects, like spiders, snakes or dogs. For others of us, our fears stem from particular activities. Common fears of this nature include fear of heights, flying, and public speaking. In many cases, our fears do not prevent us from doing things but can cause quite a bit of anxiety when the person comes into contact with or has to engage in an activity that he or she fears. For example, there are many people who have a fear of flying, but that need to travel by airplane from time to time.
Driving is another common fear that is often not talked about. Americans, in particular, are thought to have a love affair with driving. We are thought to love our cars and the freedom that they bring us when we hit the open road. However, for some Americans, driving produces only anxiety. When you stop and think of all the dangers associated with driving, it is a wonder how the vast majority of us do not have this fear! Even a short trip to the neighborhood grocery store can be fraught with perils. Drivers need to watch for other drivers, pedestrians, and even animals.
One of the most frightening activities for people who have a fear of driving is changing lanes. This fear is especially pronounced on highways and freeways where there are more than just two lanes. It can be a challenge for even an experienced driver to move across three or more lanes to exit the expressway or to move to the center lane from the right lane when you wonder if the person from the left lane may be doing the same thing. If you experience anxiety from changing lanes, it can help to create a routine that you can follow each and every time you need to make a lane change. Following these six steps can help you ease the tension when you change lanes:
- Check your mirrors. Make sure your mirrors are set up correctly before you even start your vehicle. Your mirrors help you reduce your blind spot
- When you want to change lanes, you must first look to both left and right to make sure you are in the clear.
- Turn on your signal before you start to change lanes and leave it on until you fully complete your lane change.
- Look again. Look to make sure that the lane is still clear and that no one from the other side of that lane is trying to enter that lane.
- Adjust your speed as needed. Sometimes when changing lanes, it is necessary to accelerate or reduce speed slightly to make the change.
- Look again and change lanes. As you change lanes, give the area one last look.
The more you practice, the more this list of items will come as second nature.
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