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Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationSafety · 3 months ago

How do I get over my fear of cars ever since my dad died in a car wreck in 1994?

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  • Anton
    Lv 6
    3 months ago
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    Understand what your father did wrong, don't do it yourself.

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    • Mystic
      Lv 5
      3 months agoReport

      drugs or otherwise impaired or distracted. Bottom line - don't always assume the one who died was at fault.

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  • Edna
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    You father died in an auto accident 26 years ago. It's sad that your father died, but it's time for you to get over your fear of cars.

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  • Mystic
    Lv 5
    3 months ago

    Accept that LOTS of people die EVERY YEAR due to car accidents. Also accept that MANY people go out and drive DAILY and make it home just fine. I'm very sorry to hear that you lost your dad to an accident. It's always very hard when we lose someone we love super suddenly/unexpectedly. No one can predict a fatal accident. If we could, they wouldn't exist because we would know to avoid it. Remind yourself that it won't automatically happen to YOU just because it happened to your dad. 

    Drive, but be careful. Always look out for the ones you're sharing the road with. You may be a great driver, but that certainly doesn't mean everyone else is. There are so many terrible drivers out there! They speed, fail to stop at stop signs/stop lights, fail to yield, travel the wrong way, pass when they shouldn't/aren't permitted to, swerve and cross into oncoming traffic, drive drunk/while on drugs, text/post/otherwise screw with their phone while driving, etc. It's absolutely ridiculous and yes, it is definitely SCARY! There is nothing scarier than seeing someone swerving all over the road or seeing them come flying through a stop sign. 

    Travel at the posted speed limit. DO NOT drive at excessive speeds! The faster you're going, the harder it will be for you to react/stop. Pay close attention to your surroundings/other cars. If someone is coming into your lane, prepare. Start to slow up and get ready to swerve AWAY from them to avoid a head-on crash if they choose to stay in your lane. Aim for the ditch/whatever is on your RIGHT. NEVER GO TOWARDS THEM! It's better to go off the road and into a ditch/field than bust into someone head-on. 

    You can usually tell pretty well if someone is going to stop or not. If you know they aren't going to, slow up and stop for them. If you see truly erratic driving, go somewhere safe and call 911 to report it. If they are drunk/impaired or having some type of medical issue, they need removed from the road. Try to get a plate number/good description and tell the dispatcher that information. Let them know what road they're on and in which direction they're going as well.

    When it comes to unavoidable issues like a stalled car or an animal such as a deer jumping into your path, do not swerve. Just slow up the best you can. In the case of an animal, it sucks to hit it because it'll probably die and if it's big like a deer you're going to damage your vehicle, but it's better to just hit it than swerve and risk getting into a worse accident. In the case of a stalled vehicle, try to slow down and keep from rear-ending it. Maybe check to see if anyone is inside and if so, see if you can help. Ensure no other vehicles are coming, then go around the stalled vehicle when you can do so safely. Also, call and report it to the police so they can find out who it belongs to and get it off the road.

    Overall, cars are not bad. It's the DRIVER that turns it into a killing machine. You can still own a vehicle and drive. In fact, I bet your dad would love that. He wouldn't want you to live in fear over his death. He would want you to carry on and still live a happy, healthy life. Do that for him! Drive, just be careful and take comfort in knowing you'll NEVER be driving solo. Your dad is forever your guardian angel and he'll ALWAYS be with you whether you go, on the road or off. 

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  • 3 months ago

    Don't play on your phone while driving.

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    not at all in my opinion

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    See a doctor..........

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  • 3 months ago

    We accept that 30,000 people die each year on the U.S. and yet most people are oblivious to the risk they take being on the road.

    What you have is a perfectly rational respect for the dangers which will make you an above average driver.

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  • 3 months ago

    Try hypnosis.  It works for other fears.

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Drive carefully and be alert at all times. Don't play on your phone while driving.

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Talk to a shrink. You will need professional help.

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