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Advice for Coping with Fears While Driving

Posted in General News on Friday, March 4th, 2022

The car rental specialists at stressfreecarrental.com have conducted research into some of the common fears that motorists have and made some suggestions as to how these fears can be overcome. The most common fears included driving in the dark and in poor weather conditions such as rain. Other things considered include coping with road rage and what to do if an animal runs out into the road.

When driving in the dark the firm advises you to keep your Windows clean, maintain a good distance between other cars, stay calm and take your time. When you are driving in poor weather conditions the main thing to remember is that it is important to slow down. It is also crucial to maintain good stopping distance and ensure your lights are in good condition. Being stuck in bad traffic can cause some motorists to suffer from stress and anxiety. The advice is not to weave in and out of traffic and stay calm. If you are unfortunate enough to be the victim of road rage it is best to not retaliate and drive away from the situation if you can. Animals running out into the road, there is not a lot that motorists can do to stop this happening so the best advice is simply to remain vigilant particularly in areas where animals are often seen. There will usually be road signs warning of this possibility and advising you to slow down. Some motorists find themselves concerned by the possibility of running out of fuel and the advice here is simple always keep an eye on your gauge, be responsible and top-up before it is too late. A spokesperson from StressFreeCarRental.com said: “For a lot of people driving is a daily task that can’t be avoided. That’s why it’s important we address and learn to overcome our driving fears as they can occur nearly every day. You can’t completely avoid driving in the dark or in bad weather conditions but that’s okay. The best way to overcome these fears is to face them and of course this can be scary but doing things such as ensuring your car is in good condition and taking your time will hopefully ease some of those nerves. Staying calm is one of the most important things you can do, keeping composure allows you to keep good driving etiquette which is what will ultimately keep yourself and others safe.”

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Edmund Hobby

Friday, March, 4th, 2022

At the age of 80 I am aware of my shortcomings. I being fortunate in that although many years ago, to benefit from a police driving course and it has held me in good stead. A couple of addons to the above. More especially if a smoker keep the inside of the windscreen clean. It is amazing how many motorists forget to do so. One thing drummed into us was SEE and be SEEN. Just because you can see the other car the same might not be for the other motorist. I am surprised at the number of motorists that appear to have eyesight problems, if only due to spacial difficulties. A case in point. Following a car, every time a vehicle approached from the opposite direction on went the brakes. IF there is a white line in the middle of the road and you have room between you and the line and the opposing vehicle is also well within his space why brake? Just be prepared but keep dabbing the brakes is very disturbing for the motorist following. MOST important of all, is make sure your eyesight is checked regularly and keep any glasses worn are kept clean. The car I drive is full of stuff that is supposed to help BUT do not rely on it. Some days although I am keeping my distance if the car in front brakes the warning will sound most disconcerting. Make sure you understand the 'bells and whistles' fitted by manufacturers these days, an alarm sounding that you do not know what its for is extremely stressful. Sorry to sound like some moany old g*t but I have seen too much of the result of poor and aggressive driving.