How to Conquer Driving Phobia

driving phobiaClients who come to us for collision repair have obviously been in a recent auto accident. An auto body repair, though, may be the least of their worries. Sometimes, in the aftermath of a collision, motorists develop driving anxiety. A driving phobia can be debilitating because it’s an everyday activity for most Lynnwood residents.

How to Overcome a Driving Phobia

The worst thing you can do is avoid driving altogether. You can’t overcome any fear by avoiding it. The key is to slowly regain your confidence by taking small steps. You don’t need to immediately confront your anxiety head on by driving on the freeway during morning rush hour.

Perhaps you can drive around the neighborhood on a Sunday morning, or even in a vacant parking lot. As you regain a bit of confidence, drive on a busier street.

When you’re ready, drive on the freeway on the right lane until the next one or two exits.

Increase the challenge by driving on the left lane or driving to a destination that requires multiple freeway changes.

Practice Mindfulness

Your mind may naturally conjure up scenarios similar to the collision that resulted in your phobia in the first place. If this happens, recognize it and practice being in the present moment by taking deep breaths. If you notice muscle tension, such as tightly gripping the steering wheel, choose to loosen your body.

You can also practice the progressive muscle relaxation technique. Tighten a muscle area for seven to 10 seconds before completely relaxing. Repeat for every muscle group.

Restore Your Confidence Behind the Wheel

Bring your vehicle to Absolute Auto Body for repairs and auto paint restoration after a collision. Our warranty covers most restorative work. If driving phobia develops after a collision, please don’t let the fear prevent you from getting behind the wheel again.

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