The Telegram (St. John's)

Highway driving can cause anxiety


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 Mount Pearl

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