(Closed) Winter driving anxiety ?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
47412 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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greenmile12:  The only way you get your confidence back is to drive in the winter. You will get better at it with practice. When winter arrives, get out there when there is little trafic and practice.  Go to a parking lot and get the feel of your car in the snow.

Civics are usually pretty good in the snow. Do you have proper winter tires? All season tires are not suitable for winter driving.

Post # 3
271 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I moved from Mississippi to Maine 2 years ago and had never seen more than a sprinkle of snow and had to learn to drive in it. My first winter I was usually in tears by the time I got home because it was so scary for me! I ended up getting over it last year and felt like a pro, but I still have a little anxiety beforehand. I hope that with continued experience you can try and put your awful prior experiences in the back of your mind!

Post # 4
1931 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I lived in Alberta and Ramuski. Talk about SNOW. However, I was too young to be driving.

I got a newer sports care a few years ago and it “only” has front wheel drive. Basically, it’s a nightmar ein the snow. I nearly killed myself twice and my car went in the ditch at least 5 times. (I was going turtle slow so I was never hurt… My car wasn’t even scratched becuase the snow was so deep.. Messed up my alignment thought!”

Anyway, I take the bus in the winter, lol.

Post # 5
318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I completely understand your feelings! I’m also trying not to think about the inevitable snow that’s coming. This past February, I slid on a patch of ice on the highway (while already going below the speed limit on one of the worst snowy days of the year, literally 5 minutes from work) and rammed into a cement divider, pretty much totalling the car. I had whiplash and even though I’m driving again (just bought a car a couple months ago), I feel very stressed out on the roads. The thought of driving again in ice and snow is completely terrifying! The worst part is, my new job is 45 minutes away during rush hour on highways, DEFINITELY not something that helps put my mind at ease.

I would encourage you to take it extra slow this winter. Even if people around you get frustrated, don’t feel bad about it. Those people have NO idea what you’ve been through; if they did, maybe they’d be more careful too!

I have no other advice besides that. Hopefully some other Bees will provide some tips that help us both get over our anxiety! Good luck!

Post # 6
7881 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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greenmile12:  Both those episodes sound scary! I also had a winter weather-related car accident last year. Just remember to drive slowly when there’s winter precipitation around, and keep your distance from other cars. Even if you’re driving carefully, your driving neighbors might be less vigilant. 

Post # 7
588 posts
Busy bee

PP is right in that you can’t control other cars, but you do have a certain amount of control over your own.

Make sure you leave a TON of time when you travel. For me that really helps my anxiety over weather. I know that I can get in the slow lane and go as slow as I damn well want to if i’m not comfortable, and if someone else has an issue with my speed they can speed around me. Anything that looks even remotely sketchy, I let go of the gas and the breaks and just steer. I pretty much treat everything like ice when there’s bad weather. Someone once told me that when it’s raining hard, treat it like snow. When it’s snowing, treat it like ice. When it’s ice, stay off the road or be a turtle. I spend the vast majority of the time not touching my brakes or gas. I drive an old Prius and to say its a pushover in bad weather is probably an understatement. Edit: I also stay in the slow lane because there is usually a pull-off area to veer into if worse case scenerio happens.

The good news is that highways tend to be cleared more efficently/quickly if you live in a state that is used to poor weather. Now if you live in like, Tennessee, that may not be true. But for the most part, highways tend to be safer than back roads/side streets.

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Post # 8
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Girl! I feel you. I live in Alberta where snow days don’t exist and driving in a foot of snow, or blowing snow, or freezing rain is common everyday life. My Fiance was driving to my place not last winter but the winter before in a freezing rain downpour and did a 360 and couldn’t turn back around and had to drive backwards on an extremely busy road for over a km! The worst thing you can do is to stop driving. It just increases the anxiety. I have a Honda civic and find it does okay with winter tires! It always starts even in -40 so that’s a plus!

Post # 9
151 posts
Blushing bee

I live in Chicago so driving in the snow is unfortunately unavoidable. Just start practicing when there is a small amount of snow out and stay in the slow lane so you can pull over if needed. I always give myself plenty of time to get to where I am going. I feel like I get more nervous if I am in a rush to get somewhere. Just try to keep calm, accelerate slowly, break early and gently, and I’m sure you will start feeling more comfortable.

Post # 10
10632 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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greenmile12:  Have you considered taking a few winter driving courses?  I had it with my drivers ed, but for those who take it in the summer, it’s highly recommended to come back.

Post # 11
1953 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

When I first got my license, I was absolutely terrified of driving in wet conditions. The only way I came over that was to drive in wet conditions. It still worries me a little – especially if it’s heavy – but I figure that as long as I’m driving carefully and doing everything I’m supposed to do, I should be okay.

Post # 12
5184 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

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greenmile12:  I used to have horrible winter driving anxiety. I’d miss multiple unpaid days of work in order to avoid driving, even in less than an inch of snow. My only way to get over it was to get a brand new SUV 4X4. Put a hefty dent in my savings but at least now I can go to work in the winter. Driving can be terrifying if you don’t have confidence in your vehicle.

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