(Closed) Who is afraid of highway driving?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

The thing that helped with my anxiety about getting lost is a GPS, instant directions!

Post # 5
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

My GPS actually says the name of the street you need to turn onto so you can verify if you aren’t sure.

Post # 7
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

But to answer your question I start hyperventilating if there is a semi next to me.  I’ve had a few not see me and try to merge into me.

Post # 9
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523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Highway driving doesn’t bother me too much, especially since I’ve been in an LDR. I did get in an accident on a local road this summer, and that has made me super skittish of intersections. Since the person who hit me ran a red light, I kind of freak out if I see someone not slowing down when they approach a red light.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have no problem driving on the highway–i have to take one to work. I don’t like driving when I know people have been drinking, though. Like new years eve, etc. The more you do it, the more you get used to it. Otherwise you’ll always be afraid. And fear can be paralyzing. A GPS definitely helps me take my mind off the “where am I going? where am I?” questions, though, so I can focus on the road.

Post # 12
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6010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I don’t mind highway driving, but I hate city driving.  Going into Sacramento by myself is like my worst nightmare, even though I usually have to go once a month for work.     🙁  The only thing that helps me is to be as prepared as possible.  I study the Google map instructions before I leave AND turn on voice instructions on my phone while I’m driving.  Might be overkill, but it helps me feel less anxious!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Not necessarily driving for me, but riding. When the weather is a bit warmer I actually get to ride my motorcycle, but nothing is scarier than being around a bunch of people who can’t drive and don’t know how to react to a motorcyclist. Especially when the speeds top 65 mph…..I try to avoid the highway at all costs, but living in a small town, it makes it hard since it’s the only way I can get places.

Post # 14
Member
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I hate all driving. Highway especially. It just stresses me out. I have a GPS, but it isn’t always right, and it’s the other cars and traffic that scare me. I actually go twice a day on the highway for doctors apts and I either have my husband, mom, or friend take me b/c I can’t take it.

Post # 15
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10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We have a 45 minute commute to work which is all highway. I don’t mind highway as long as its not snowing. If its snowing, forget about it! That 45 minute commute turns into a 3 hour terror-fest of me in tears and FI swearing up a storm. 

I agree with the PP’s, definitely get a GPS that speaks street names. If you happen to have an iPhone, you can purchase the TomTom GPS app. Its $50 (may be $55 but I don’t remember) speaks street names and is all around awesome. It’s also pretty handy to have an all-in-one device. 

Post # 16
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5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@Mrs. Spring: I’m with you! I hate city driving! I’d rather drive on a highway all day vs. drive in the city for 10 minutes. (I live in the suburbs) I’ve only driven in Philadelphia a few times and it just freaks me out! The cabs, people crossing the street. I’m worried I’ll crash! lol

Driving on the highway doesn’t bother me. Only if I suspect somebody ahead of me is drunk. If I see somebody crossing the lines (even a little), I get worried! Other than that, it doesn’t bother me.

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