High­way driv­ing can cause anx­i­ety

The Compass - - Editorial -

Re­cently, a young lady lost con­trol of her ve­hi­cle on the Tran­sCanada High­way, ac­cord­ing to a news re­port on the ra­dio. My con­do­lences go out to her fam­ily, as I know what they must be go­ing through at this dif­fi­cult time.

Driv­ing on the TCH can be un­nerv­ing, par­tic­u­larly with large ve­hi­cles whizzing past which many driv­ers find in­tim­i­dat­ing to a de­gree that it can cause a panic at­tack or ner­vous con­di­tion.

When this hap­pens, one needs to get off to the shoul­der of the high­way and stop the ve­hi­cle; get out of the ve­hi­cle, say a prayer, do some phys­i­cal ex­er­cises, and when one is com­posed but still un­able to drive safely, then phone a rel­a­tive or friend to come and res­cue you.

Don’t at­tempt to drive. Wait for help to ar­rive. If you don’t have a cell­phone, flag down a pass­ing ve­hi­cle and some coura­geous per­son will come to your as­sis­tance. David Jones writes from Mount Pearl

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