I used to be like that but got over it by just 'acting as if' it was just another routine drive; I kept telling myself there was nothing to it; even before getting onto the highway, I'd turn my left signal on; and look and look and look over my shoulder to MAKE SURE I could get into the next lane.........if you act 'as if' you are comfortable, it'll be a lot easier for you.......as someone else here said, try driving before or after rush hour, when it's less crowded, and of course NEVER on weekends, when they tend to be busier.........just give yourself a chance at trying to act as if and you will be fine........and make many shorter trips, when it's less crowded, rather than longer trips....then gradually build up going further and further....<br />
Maybe locate a restaurant you've never been to that's off a major interstate; that'll give you a 'goal' to get to, and of course, the entire time, acting as if this was just another jaunt on the highway...!!<br />
give it a try!! good luck and have fun..<br />
Life's too short to have something slow us down or make us afraid!.....and if I can do it, ANYONE can!!
Get a really big, safe, fast, comfortable car. I love driving through malfunction junction in Atlanta in my big hog Cadillac with its steel roll cage and reinforced roof, 500 ponies, 4 wheel traction control, front and side air bags, 300 watt sound system, in dash GPS, and bum warmer seats.
Isn't that just special???
Yeah, she is a special car. Her 500 ponies will really get you off.
The problem is that its an unreliable Caddy with "ponies" rather than horses. If you are going to brag about power..... compare torque... not ponies.
I wasn't comparing my Caddy with anything. I was trying to get the guy excited about driving, not have a useless techy ******* match with you.
Get more experience driving on multi-lane highways maybe during low traffic periods at first. I know it sounds crazy but they're actually designed to be much safer than 2 lane black tops.
You can't. I have the same Fear. You don't get rid of the fear,you get USED to it. After 40 years the fear is still there,but I accept it and it doesn't bother me nearly as bad. :)
No luckily I live in a small town.My family and Wifes family do live in big cities and we go often . I know what you mean you try to leave space,between you and the guy ahead and people fill in the space.There is no way to drive safe in big city traffic.You just have to,do the best you can,and not worry about it too much. :)
Find a good therapist that specializes in fear resolution.
Its not a problem for me and most people. BTW, its just common sense to drive in other than the left lane. The left lane is for vehicles that are passing others.
I, as most people drive where they are comfortable.... often I drive in the left lane to pass others.......
drive through downtown Atlanta on their six lane highways... I recommend a sports car that is a stick shift. turn the music up, put the top down and pretend you're a pinball inside a pinball machine...
Pretend it's a video game. Play driving video games.