I’ve been in two car accidents in my life, one as a passenger and one as a driver. Neither of which were my fault but this means that I am unfortunately a very anxious driver. I tend to stick to going to places I’m familiar with and it’s very rare that I drive somewhere new. Over the summer, I’m planning on facing my fears and getting over the driving anxiety as best I can. Here’s some of the tips that I’m going to follow.
Always check Google maps
Before I do a new drive, I always have a look at it on Google maps. I make sure that I know what sort of roads I’m going to be driving on and I even have a look on street view. Checking out the route on street view really calms my nerves because I can see what the roads look like before I set off.
Use a sat nav
This goes hand in hand with the above tip – use a sat nav when you are driving. If you don’t have one, then your phone will do fine. I usually use Waze on mine which also gives you live traffic updates. Just make sure you have a decent holder for your phone – I’ve had a couple of instances where I’ve gone round a roundabout and my phone has slid out and gone under my seat!
Take a friend along
Although it’s been a bit difficult recently with social distancting restrictions, I find it a lot easier to drive with someone in my passenger seat. Once restrictions are lifted, I’ll be volunteering to drive my friends around when we can go to places again. I find that it’s a lot more reassuring if the passenger is an experienced driver, especially if you are going somewhere that they are familiar with themselves.
Make sure you have the best insurance
In the UK it is a legal requirement to have some form of car insurance, but don’t just go for the cheapest. Shop around and see which ones are the best and check out some reviews. I have been trying to sort out my last accident since October 2019, so I wish I’d picked a better company. The same applies for all sorts of vehicles, you can get a specialised quad bike insurance quote in just a few minutes with the Bike Insurer. When my insurance is up for renewal in August, I’ll be looking for a new company.
Check your vehicle over before you set off
It’s so important that you are driving in a safe vehicle that is in full working order. Before I set off, I always make sure everything looks good and my car isn’t making any unexpected noises. I’m not the best at knowing about car maintenance, but my dad regularly checks my car over for me.
Make sure you have an emergency pack
I always keep a bag in my boot containing emergency essentials. This includes: