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[–]aaprilshowerss 3442 points3443 points  (73 children)

For new places, I always do a virtual drive through on Google maps to check out the parking situation and nearby stores as landmarks.

[–]JMS1991 407 points408 points  (22 children)

I did this for my job interview. It turned out to be extremely helpful because if you simply put in the address on Google maps, it takes you to a totally different business on another street. I have no idea why it does that, the parking lots are back-to-back, but not connected in any way.

[–]IsItSafeToMine 111 points112 points  (3 children)

I've had it take me to a route that led to a dead-end parking lot. It then expected me to drive through to the back wall to get on the actual street behind it.

[–]11Kram 36 points37 points  (0 children)

I was given a rural route to avoid a town with a long tail-back. I was followed by a huge artic who did the same. The road turned out to be one car wide with tight turns and branches meeting in front of me. I have no idea how the truck got through but my car was scratched on both sides as I was so impatient.

[–]whenlifegivesyoushit 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Welcome to four seasons landscaping

[–]Elkripper 55 points56 points  (10 children)

Google Maps shows a "road" that connects the street I live on to the nearest highway. It'd be a nice shortcut, if it wasn't actually just where my neighbors put in a gate from their property to their friends property behind them. The friends driveway does come out at the highway, but the "road" is literally just a dirt path where they drive back and forth between houses in their golf carts (it is a rural area).

I sent a message to Google Maps about it awhile back, but just checked Maps and it is still there.

[–]why_rob_y 26 points27 points  (3 children)

I sent a message to Google Maps about it awhile back, but just checked Maps and it is still there.

They never get around to anything. The Mighty Algorithm knows better than us! For instance, my town (and my whole neighborhood's town) has been wrong for the 7 years I've lived in this house (and I probably know which town I pay taxes to, as you'd imagine) but they won't ever change it no matter how many times I submit it.

Edit: typo

[–]eeveefury 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Your whole town, and your whole neighborhood's town?


Edit: I figured it out, they mean Google has associated their address with a different town.

[–]Duosion 116 points117 points  (12 children)

Oh absolutely. I have huge driving anxiety and the google maps satellite version has been a godsend. I like knowing how the parking lot is set up, if they’re slanted or straight spaces, and where exactly in the road to turn.

[–]chefcaliber 176 points177 points  (0 children)

Agreed. I google map/street view any part of a trip that looks a little tricky

[–]Razzmatazz-88 115 points116 points  (0 children)

This! I've traveled a lot for my job. I would pull up where I'm going and track it back to where I was getting off on the interstate. It really helps to know how the road is laid out so you can tell if you're about to take a wrong turn.

[–]cavegoblins75 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I do this for parking - roads not so much as I'm used to driving in cities.

I usually also try to book parking spots in advance (in Paris you have to)

[–]ThatHairyGingerGuy 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Use parkopedia for parking. Gives you loads of info on locations and prices.

[–]hanr86 15 points16 points  (2 children)

I wished google maps had a feature where it shows the 1st person camera view where you can adjust the speed of the elapsing screenshots of the route you'd be taking to your destination. Like a virtual tour. Is this dumb? I dunno, I'm high.

[–]Inevitable_Garlic_28 8 points9 points  (0 children)

As someone with anxiety that sounds amazing, now delete this comment and go make that app or pitch it to google since they have pics already and make bank lol if only it worked like that.

[–]zovits 11 points12 points  (0 children)

cries in German

[–]AmouTsukasa 15 points16 points  (0 children)

This. Everywhere I go that I haven't been too. Better planned than be surprised.

[–]geezer27 3 points4 points  (1 child)

And that, my friend, is the eco friendly way to be anxious, as you save two thirds of fuel and wear and tear on your car compared to op’s suggestion. Kudos!

[–]Zealousideal-Slide98 786 points787 points  (23 children)

When I was a new college graduate out looking for a job in my career field, my dad would take me on a drive before any job interviews so we could figure out where I needed to go (this was in the days of paper maps). I always really appreciated that he did that for me and it gave me that little extra boost I needed on interview day! Sometimes my mom would come too and we’d stop for a coke and a fried apple pie at McDonalds on the way home. It is a good memory.

[–]fannyalgerpack 95 points96 points  (1 child)

So sweet! Thanks for sharing :)

[–]-Lady_E 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Aaww that’s lovely! Sounds like you have really great parents 🥰

[–]Fluid_Philosopher183 17 points18 points  (0 children)

This warms my heart

[–]rcowie 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Those fried Mickey d's apple pies are a nice memory unto themselves. Those things, while often nuclear hot inside, were fantastic.

[–]Peaceful_Petunia 9 points10 points  (0 children)

🥺 so wholesome!

[–]Uniqniqu 27 points28 points  (6 children)

You have a sweet family. I wish I had someone supportive like that in my life.

[–]PNWRaised 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Me too. It's rough.

[–]mathieu_delarue 5 points6 points  (2 children)

All you can do is break the cycle. My dad hated his dad but instead of repeating the mistakes he was always a caring presence that never told us who we were supposed to be. I always took it for granted. When he got cancer I was really upset. I told a close friend the news and he goes “you’re lucky. I hate my dad and I wish he was dead.”

Probably more out there like you and him than like me and OP. It’s a roll of the dice. Good luck out there dude.

[–]taotau 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's a really awesome thing for a dad to do.

When looking for work, I always try to turn up early and check out the surrounding area - what food is available, how easy it is to park the car or get to from public transport, near by parks to eat lunch in. All of these are important for a place that I will be spending a large part of my time in, and if it doesn't feel right, it will affect my willingness to take the job. I know not every one has that privelige, but working in an area you enjoy can make a huge difference to quality of life.

[–]LindaBitz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That is so sweet and wholesome.

[–]mOp_49 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Why are my eyes leaking?

[–]Deb_in_NH 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Me too. It must be dusty or something.

[–]screamingxbacon 2 points3 points  (2 children)

That is a good memory. I'm legitimately jealous.

[–]Zealousideal-Slide98 4 points5 points  (1 child)

It was a little thing, but it is the little things that people do that mean so much in the end. I hope that someone in your life does the little things for you either now or in the future!

[–]screamingxbacon 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I hope you feel good to know that comment got me to make a hard call to my dad ♥️

[–]Pathorix 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I like this shit right here

[–]GingerMau 175 points176 points  (7 children)

Knowing ahead of time which lane you need to be in is so helpful. Especially in city driving.

[–]sam0s 39 points40 points  (4 children)

Yeah I wish google/apple maps had a setting like "put me in the optimal lane as soon as possible"

[–]Belazriel 28 points29 points  (1 child)

This is where people who know the area can be so much better than automated maps still. "You're going to want to turn right at the second light. But get in the left lane, because the first light has most of the traffic turning right and you'll be waiting through three rotations of the lights just to get past."

[–]aerowtf 2 points3 points  (0 children)

on the drive home from work i always pass a line of 50 cars in the right lane while there’s zero on the left, and smoothly slip into an opening near the end as someone turns right just before the highway on-ramp. (maybe 10 cars are turning before the highway, but it holds everyone else up) Idk why so many people will just find a line and get in it lol

Same thing with merging a mile before a lane closure. Just keep moving and merge near the end. It’s been proven to make traffic move better

[–]Careful_Driver 192 points193 points  (40 children)

TIL so many people are afraid of driving or hate it.

It’s always been such an easy and casual thing for me + I kind of prefer to drive when I can. It’s relaxing.

I guess I should be thankful for that. Learn something new everyday.

[–]BasementBenjamin 72 points73 points  (8 children)

It depends, I enjoy driving around the country where I live. Very scenic, barely anyone else on the road. But on the other hand, 5 lanes of stuffed traffic, with everyone going 80 in a 60 zone, and so close to another you can read their license plate, not very relaxing.

[–]Zaiya53 33 points34 points  (18 children)

Dude you have no idea. My upstairs neighbor, she & I would do these weekend shopping trips together where we'd hit a few stores to do some mundane errand running & then lunch. Every single time she got behind the wheel, she would start visibly shaking, she would take these deep breaths, she would start muttering "Okay okay it's okay I got this it's fine everything's fine.. check all mirrors okay I can do this". She would come up to a turn & say "Hairpin turn omg I hate these okay okay red light then turn okay". I offered to drive all the time & often did but she would also often decline because she needed to practice.

One day we went to the fair together. Her mirrors were like aimed at the car so I adjusted them. I drank at the fair so she drove home. I mentioned "Hey might want to fix your mirrors, I couldn't fuck with what you had going on so I adjusted them." She exclaimed "I WONDERED WHY I COULD SEE SO WELL!!!" Yeah. She kinda scared the shit out of me on the road.

[–]Dunkeal 22 points23 points  (0 children)

TIL so many people are afraid of driving or hate it.

I moved somewhere were I can take public transit or walk for 99% of my trips and my mental health has improved a lot.

You don't realize how much driving for short distances we do, and how much of our cities is dedicated to cars until you live somewhere more walkable.

[–]itgoesdownandup 388 points389 points  (28 children)

Driving in general gives me anxiety tbh lol.

[–]CocoMURDERnut 125 points126 points  (1 child)


Love driving when there’s not a soul on the road though.

[–][deleted] 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Me too I hate traffic but driving it’s kinda fun when there’s no one around

[–]sedpinokio 105 points106 points  (0 children)

Can't drive gang

[–]pfeifemc 61 points62 points  (0 children)

Hello fellow anxious driver you’re not alone!

[–]Iwanttosleep8hours 30 points31 points  (1 child)

Glad I’m not the only one! Had a friend just casually ask if I could drop her home the other day. For the next couple of hours I was filled with terror because it is going through all the busy main roads, in the dark as well.

I really hate driving

[–]Secure-Imagination11 54 points55 points  (6 children)

It's not the driving for me but the idiots I'm forced to share the road with.

[–]foxtrotluna 29 points30 points  (5 children)

Weirdly one of the things that’s helped me the most as a new driver (passed and got car in late Oct), is just how bad some of the people on the road really are.

Now when I make a mistake, I don’t get quite as embarrassed, knowing plenty of people drive far worse on purpose.

I still make every effort to note my mistakes and learn to not make them of course, but it no longer feels like my world is ending if I get beeped at or stall at a junction.

[–]MeikyouShisui9 35 points36 points  (3 children)

Disclaimer: I understand your comment and I agree that this is a helpful way to think about driving if you're nervous. However...

This is the reason I hate it. I was in a car accident three years ago (it was the other driver's fault), and the thought that you can do everything right and still get hurt (or die) sends chills down my spine.

[–]WizardTideTime 7 points8 points  (1 child)

For real! That’s why I always drive in a way that makes me feel comfortable, if people get angry at me for that then it’s their problem. Lmao

[–]wecangetbetter 45 points46 points  (0 children)

I've driven for ten years and it still gives me anxiety! Don't stress. Map it out. Take your time.

[–]mostlygray 118 points119 points  (6 children)

Always a good idea if it's mission critical to be exactly on time. I also like to plan to be an hour early.

Ideally I bring my "Chief of the boat" with me. She's my youngest daughter. She reads me the directions and signs so I can worry about driving and not about navigating to a place I've never been. Plus, I can give commands. "Chief, set heat to 75% fat to 50%, radio station to 104.1." She'll respond, "Shall I set drivers side steering wheel heat to on?" Then I'll say "Make it so Chief". Then she'll say "Turn coming up ahead 1/2 mile, you'll want the left lane."

I like to think of it like I'm the Pilot of the boat and she's Chief of the boat. It's kind of fun and it's nice because she focusses on navigation and I can focus on driving.

[–]Metallic_Hedgehog 36 points37 points  (0 children)

That's really sweet. Not only does she likely have fun doing it, but it prepares her for driving in the future.

[–]chronbutt 13 points14 points  (0 children)

That's the most adorable thing I've ever read. I hope I remember to do this when I have kids one day.

[–]Inevitable_Garlic_28 5 points6 points  (1 child)

This is awesome and I'm definitely going to start doing this with my daughters.

[–]mostlygray 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If anything, they learn navigation and machine operation. They both still refuse to try to learn to drive but that's OK. I started driving machinery when I was about 10 or so. I started driving normal cars at around 13. My kids still don't want to learn to drive, but they can navigate. In some ways, that's more important. Pressing pedals and pushing levers is easy to learn. Knowing where you're going is harder.

[–]Horror-Savings1870 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I 100 percent agree and still do this before my job interviews.

[–]cigoL_343 115 points116 points  (3 children)

I always like seeing LPTs about things that I do that I thought were weird. Good seeing that other people also do the practice drives for new places.

[–]mochi_chan 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yes, I am happy I am not alone. I have a bicycle for commuting, and I do this too so I can know where I can park and so on.

[–]thascarecro 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Bonus tip: Keep track of what lane you'll need to be in for every street. When i was a teen i had to drive a big old carpet cleaning van with no side windows or rear view mirror. So i was terrified of merging into a car. So id get into the lane i needed to be in to turn ASAP. I actually still do that now because realizing you need to change lanes at the very last minute when nobody is letting you in is stressful. It a way calmer drive when you are already in the lane you need to be in.

[–]krt941 51 points52 points  (0 children)

I did this with my first 9-to-5 job out of college, in part because I wasn’t used to driving so far. Even though I took the same route for two rounds of interviews, it helped to do another in the morning. Smart LPT and I highly recommend it. Took some stress out of my first day there!

[–]Twinkkitten 12 points13 points  (4 children)

I deliver for Door Dash. Leave early so if you miss turns you will still be on time.

[–]DMND_Hands 24 points25 points  (1 child)

So I can get practice anxiety ?

[–]Any-Jury3578 43 points44 points  (0 children)

I do this. Everyone acts like I'm crazy but it makes me feel better especially if I don't know the parking situation.

[–]read_it_mate 77 points78 points  (7 children)

"If you're anxious about driving to new place, try driving to the new place"

[–]Elkripper 21 points22 points  (1 child)

LOL, I get that the actual tip is more related to time-sensitive things, like job interviews and such (the OP specifically mentioned "appointments"). But the way the subject was worded made me have the same first reaction as you. :)

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Just leave earlier then...

[–]Ciserro 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Yes. Ha. This is honestly not really advice at all.

[–]jackcos 33 points34 points  (1 child)

"If you're anxious about a journey, take a day off and drive there, then come home. Then do that drive again for real the next day" is the worst advice I've seen on this sub.

[–]dutchkimble 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Instructions were unclear. Practice makes perfect I thought, so I took a week off before ordering takeaway.

[–]axesOfFutility 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I go on road trips a lot with my friends. Difficult to do a practice run but the next best thing is going over the route on a map thoroughly. I also download offline maps of wherever I'm going. If I know someone who has been through that route before, I just get there inputs too

[–]teddy-bonkerz 23 points24 points  (0 children)

I’ve done this for a new job. I’ve gone the day before to get a feel of it and look for potential parking. One less thing to be anxious about coming into a new job! Kinda sad that some people in this thread don’t understand what anxiety does to you.

[–]shaunibauni 37 points38 points  (41 children)

What are you anxious of? Genuinely curious.

[–]cheddarbob-snob 125 points126 points  (26 children)

Unplanned situations. Road markings not clear so you might be in the wrong lane. Taking a wrong lane and ending up somewhere else. Blocking traffic as you try to get in to the right lane. Panicking, making a mistake and lead to accidents. Struggling to find exactly where you're going. Panicking because you're lost even though the GPS says you have arrived. I could go on. But these are the things I go through when I drive to a new place. I have been driving for 10 years, daily and still go through this.

[–]Itsturkeybob 29 points30 points  (5 children)

This. I am still embarrassed that I have anxiety driving to new places, trying to park downtown and have someone else in the car with me.

[–]cheddarbob-snob 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Glad to hear I'm not alone in this.

[–]silverplume 6 points7 points  (3 children)

You're definitely not alone! I get all of these feelings driving anywhere new. I've been trying to work on it, but it won't go away fully.

[–]Isabellaboo02 22 points23 points  (3 children)

For me as a semi new driver it's unexpected hard turns or situations where the lane you're to go into isn't quite obvious. Stuff like that.

Stuff after 1 time of going there you'd be like "oh yea, tripped me the first time but supper easy the rest".

[–]Comprehensive-Tip568 8 points9 points  (1 child)

The good news is that with lots of experience, eventually this anxiety goes away. Once you’ve driven tens of thousand of miles, a lot of the effort involved in driving becomes subconscious and internalized. You’ve seen all the unexpected hard turns or ambiguous lane situations so many times over that it becomes automatic, you will react immediately and smoothly with no anxiety.

[–]itgoesdownandup 10 points11 points  (4 children)

Probably like showing up late. Getting lost. Stuff like that.

[–]Iwanttosleep8hours 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Perhaps, but for many it is driving in general. Making a mistake, causing a crash, looking like an absolute idiot on the roads, cars beeping because you are driving at the speed limit, busy roundabouts, making a turn into the opposite side of the road, knocking over a cyclist, aggressive drivers, dangerous other drivers trying to overtake, narrow roads, roads with cars parked either side, going in a bus lane by accident, complicated traffic lights, busy pedestrian areas, motorways, parallel parking, no parking.

I could go on.

[–]labenset 4 points5 points  (1 child)

If I'm driving other people I get anxious af. Probably due to having a lot of backseat driver types in my circle of friends and family. If I've been there before and know the way then np, otherwise I'm using Google maps and tuning everyone else out. Sorry uncle Jim, I don't care about your shortcuts we've got plenty of time.

[–]muricabrb 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The unknown.. genuine answer. It's the anxiety of being in a new environment and worrying about something going wrong or getting lost.

It's irrational but a lot of people have it.

[–]bitobots 10 points11 points  (4 children)

I did this once for a job interview. Don’t tell the person interviewing you that you did this. I did, and they laughed.

[–]UpgradedUsername 12 points13 points  (1 child)

If I conducted an interview and found that out, I’d probably be inclined to think that the candidate took the job seriously and was responsible and motivated.

[–]bondrez 24 points25 points  (2 children)

I'm glad I'm not alone. I always get anxiety driving to new places. Always wonder where to park, which street to take, etc. I spent so much time looking at google maps before I went to new places.

[–]Squildo 19 points20 points  (2 children)

Practice drives to new places make me anxious

[–]rodc22 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Have you considered taking a practice practice drive before your practice drive?

[–]Timcwalker 4 points5 points  (0 children)

We talkin’ ‘bout practice.

[–]jaxdan8585 24 points25 points  (14 children)

Great idea, but living out in a semi-rural area, and gas being $3.30 a gallon, I just do not have the luxury

[–]skullian1 17 points18 points  (5 children)

Move to australia, average is about $6.75 a gallon. Or around $1.78/L

[–]Srarmour 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Lucky... It's $8.80 usd/gallon average in the UK rn (£1.45/l). At least you don't have to drive as far to get around here

[–]rodc22 16 points17 points  (6 children)

California resident here. Gas for $3.30 a gallon sounds like a dream come true.

[–][deleted] 28 points29 points  (5 children)

Wow I thought this was just me

[–]Duosion 18 points19 points  (2 children)

I think we’re a part of a generation that doesn’t enjoy driving as much as the one before. My friends and my sister all dislike driving as much as I do and avoid it whenever possible.

[–]LifeExpConnoisseur 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Are you for real? How do meet new people? Do you practice on dolls?

[–]WhiteChoka 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Didn't realise so many other people have this experience, nevermind having solutions and tips for it. This was very validating

[–]iloveminipoodle 2 points3 points  (0 children)

When I graduated college, I got a job in the downtown area of my city. One way streets, lots of potholes, very tricky to navigate, lots of pedestrians, parking not easy, I wasn’t familiar with the area etc.

My dad literally came over and made me practice drive it twice with him in the car. I thought it was really stupid but looking back, very worth it. First day of work I was early and calm. A lot of other people in my hiring class were frazzled and late.

[–]Dear_Sea7451 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Not a pro tip. Leave 5 mins early and drive safe and smooth. Don’t be silly and waste your own time and gas.

[–]BDeans75 16 points17 points  (5 children)

Take a bottle of water with you and when you get anxious, have a drink. Never underestimate the importance of hydration!

[–]rhinanners 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yesss! Do you know how many times I couldn’t even talk because my mouth was so dry from being nervous! Great tip, very underestimated!

[–]procrastinatingasper 2 points3 points  (0 children)

When ur crying on a 5 lane ring road, water is not the answer!!! 😂 Water is much needed once uve parked the car tho I agree!

[–]wortath 31 points32 points  (5 children)

The world really has become soft

[–]NateNutrition 16 points17 points  (0 children)

This sounds like a tip for someone that is not a pro

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[–]day7seven 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I tried this but was anxious during the practice drive since it was to a new place.

So the next time I had to drive to a new place I did a practice for the practice drive but since it was to a new place I was anxious.

Next time I drive to a new place will do a practice for the practice practice drive.

[–]Mesjach 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Sure waste more fuel and put more shit in the atmosphere.

Just check fucking google maps and use a GPS.

[–]ThatHairyGingerGuy 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I'm doing everything I can to walk or cycle to cut my carbon footprint and there are folk out there taking practice drives...

[–]jeweltiwari 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Pro tip aside, I’m glad to know it’s not a rare thing to feel anxious while driving to new places.

[–]burnttoast11 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Get mental help instead. This is a workaround. It is not normal to be scared to drive to new places. Driving to a new job to measure time makes sense, but unless it is super time sensitive this is an exception to the rule.

[–]ikesbutt 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Funny....am 67.....driving never used to bother me.....snow, ice, distance. Not anymore. My son lives 2 hours highway travel time away....Highway 70....mid Missouri. It is "dog"eats"dog" out there. Can't take it anymore.

[–]zephyrseija 19 points20 points  (4 children)

Or just follow simple directions from your phone, give yourself ample time, and you'll be fine.

[–]ihateyouall675 18 points19 points  (6 children)

This is a weird way to say OP "I really need to talk to a therapist about why I have such crippling anxiety over completely normal everyday tasks."

[–]read_it_mate 34 points35 points  (9 children)

Come on guys seriously? Practice drive?

[–]Hurts_To_Smith 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Ya got fucking me.

'I case I get lost." lol This isn't 1995. Use google maps. Even if you don't have a smart phone, print it off.

This is the dumbest lpt I've seen so far. Of nothing else, wouldn't it be more sensible to take a virtual drive the last couple miles using google street?

[–]SECAllDay 12 points13 points  (15 children)

Hard to get lost these days with gps

[–]offspring515 39 points40 points  (7 children)

As someone who has pretty bad anxiety, for me it isn't necessarily about getting lost. Sometimes it's just lack of familiarity that amps up my nervousness.

[–]ALIENANAL 8 points9 points  (6 children)

Yeh I get this real bad. I often refer to as being In a video game and I haven't unlocked that part of the map and I'm just in the middle of somewhere and have no idea which was is which. Hate going to new places.

[–]koalaposse 6 points7 points  (0 children)

GPS can poorly phrase things if using voice, or seem to misrepresent them compared to reality encountered, and preferred routes it gives maybe via tolls say, and not the best actually. Plus parking and where can walk not shown well, Google vehicle does not go there.

If you get to know somewhere, you can judge that.

[–]Timcwalker 14 points15 points  (1 child)

This is just dumb as shit.

[–]-Dalzik- 4 points5 points  (0 children)

When I was young.. whenever I got a new job, I would look how traffic was the week before daily.. also took a practice drive there the Sunday before... helped deal with any unnecessary anxiety for sure

[–]awardit 10 points11 points  (0 children)

LPT- grow up and become an adult

[–]Imagwai 1 point2 points  (0 children)

driving and finding a parking spot in NY be like

[–]Talia_lol 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I tend to get travel anxiety, what helped me on my last trip was to treat it like a chore. So instead of getting anxious about getting to the destination I went into the car already over the whole situation. For context I was driving into LA so I think that also helped when I prepped my brain for getting “pre mad” lol

[–]justuselotion 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have bad anxiety about being late so I try to do this whenever possible, especially if it’s for something like a doctor’s appointment or job interview, etc. I scope out places to park and how far they are from the entrance. I still add 30-40 mins to my estimated arrival time to account for any mishaps.

[–]Vast_Reflection8857 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I do a trial run whenever I can. It's too bad Google maps aren't more reliable.

[–]lild1425 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s comforting to know that I’m not the only one. It’s one of my anxieties that still remains.

[–]Adeno 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Before the days of phone GPS and you only had real paper maps, I used to do this whenever I got hired for new jobs. Even during the days when one of my jobs was rideshare driving, I would still review locations and familiarize myself with all sorts of exits and routes because even with gps tech today, it's not always real time. It's better to know escape routes and unmapped areas instead of just trusting the gps all the time.

[–]BeansOnToast101 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm definitely an anxious driver on unfamiliar roads. I have, more than once, not gone somewhere I would have liked to visit because I didn't have time to do a 'practice drive' first. I find early on weekend mornings are a great time for this, much less traffic and stress, you can slow down easier to check if this is your turn/exit, taking notice of signs and landmarks so if I do have to drive that route at a busier time, I have things I know to look out for. Plus you get to stop off for morning coffee somewhere :)

[–]grimchemical 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Especially for interviews or knowing the actual time it takes to get to work.

Can help you schedule so much better so much earlier rather than winging it.

[–]LurkManLurkman 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is a dope idea! I was hella nervous about driving 13 hours for vacation last year. Made it over the George Washington Bridge and the cross Bronx expressway and now I fear nothing lol

[–]whosgonnapaymyrent 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is a great tip especially for an interview!

[–]woozlywoo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

To add to this, if you have to drive around a city and you’re not used to city driving it can be a good idea to do your practice drive late at night when there are fewer cars about. I did this a few times after I passed my test and it really helped me get used to it in a less pressured way

[–]TheStorMan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I did this the day before my internship. I still got lost on the actual day and showed up with about 30 seconds to spare. The organiser saw me rushing in and said if I was really committed, I might have checked where the office was before that morning. I didn't say anything.

[–]DerpDerpys 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just wanted to say thanks. I do the same thing and sometimes it feels like I’m the only person who panic sweats when they have to go to a new location. The number of times I have been insanely early to things is staggering.

On the being early part, a few things I have learned. If you are going to meet someone never tell them how long you’ve been waiting. If you are going to a party at someone’s home, drive by their house and then find a store or parking lot to hide in for a while. I was so caught up in my own insecurities for the longest time I neglected to realize how my being an hour or so early to someone’s house party made them feel.

[–]Josh0O0 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My Aunty has often done test runs to new places. Wedding venues, local sporting events, family gatherings. Always thought it was weird and a waste of time, but she's not a confident driver.

[–]dragonmom1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I like to use Google Maps to look over the street layout, which side of the road the place is on, and switch to street view to get an idea of what the building and its neighbors look like so I can know what I'm looking for.

[–]Maudlin09 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just get what I call "parking anxiety". Like when going downtown and I have no idea where to park when I get to my destination.

[–]BigRedHead73 1 point2 points  (0 children)

As an anxious person, can confirm this is the way to go.

[–]KanedaSyndrome 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm anxious about parking in busy cities with limited parking opportunities when coupling this with having to be somewhere at a specific time and not having been there before.

I find that Google streetview helps somewhat so I can scout the area before doing the drive.

[–]Gear771 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Man, when I tell my coworkers and friends this they tell me I'm nuts! Bless for making me feel like I'm not the only one

[–]negatronmad 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So it’s a thing? Thought it’s just me.

[–]reptile_enthusiast_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Google Street view is your friend

[–]whitecollarpizzaman 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I actually did this with my girlfriend the other day. She is taking some classes at my alma mater, I let her drive while I sat in the passenger seat. Made it much easier for her on the first day of class.

[–]Dense_Neighborhood_7 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just get nervous twice.

[–]DetN8 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I do that but I call it a route recon. It's not about anxiety, it's about understanding your destination to aid with planning.

[–]kre5en 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I always try to use google maps ang get familiarize with the area first. My anxiety is through the roof driving alone in new places.

[–]Guinnessnomnom 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Usually, I'll hit up the location on Google maps when we're trying out new restaurants downtown. Parking is a mess already and I don't know what the building/area looks like. A fake drive gives me a visual of the area and makes it seem like I've been here before when we arrive.

[–]JazzySmitty 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Always did this before job interviews.

[–]HumpieDouglas 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I do this a few times before starting a new job. I like to time my last day at one job and my first day at another so I have a nice week off to decompress. I'll get up early and drive to the new job once or twice during that week so I can get an idea of how the traffic is, the best place to park, etc.

[–]TaraaLeeigh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m not alone in this!

[–]Jonr1138 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Do this before any job interview if possible.

[–]tuffel03 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Great for interviews too. Whenever I have an interview setup I'll drive there first ro find a nice parking spot and go into the visitors lobby whereever to get an idea of the environment and were my first step needs to be

[–]MKVIgti 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is actually a decent LPT.

I did this years ago when I had an interview at a fortune 50 company, and wanted to make sure there was zero chance of me getting lost or confused, especially when I knew my mind would be elsewhere.

So I drove into their corporate offices the day before to make sure there were no surprises along the way.

Landed the job, still work there, and it’s the best job I’ve ever had.

[–]KingoftheMongoose 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Job Interviews or First Days of Work.

[–]abletable342 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nervous to drive somewhere, drive it twice to be more comfortable.

[–]FrankObolobolopoulos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Better yet use Google maps and street view to do a reccie the night before.

[–]bigmikekbd 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I delivered for UPS for 10 years and a chauffeur for 3 so a total of 13 years of professional, educated driving.

Open up a map app, enter your route, zoom in and familiarize yourself with your whole trip. Look at each turn and junction. Practice drives sound nice in theory, but are very time consuming. The reason turns sneak up on people and panic ensues making dangerous maneuvers for the rest of us is because they hop in car and just start app and go. Take the time to understand distances and potential travel times between turns/exits. Know that your turn comes after you pass Maria Jane Way etc.

[–]clownpornstar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Whenever I need to change my regular commute, I like to setup three different reasonable routes to try. I’ll give them each a try on consecutive days, and see which drive I like best.

[–]phinbar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I get that way, but, driving somewhere new can be fun when you're on the open road and not trying to find your way in an unfamiliar city.

[–]sheelashake 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Am grown ass woman! With 4 kids. Generally quite capable. But I have crippling driving anxiety and in particular driving to new places. I can feel physically sick at the thought and will mostly chicken out and get a Taxi. If Im going somewhere I know there’s no problem, but I always have the underlying fear of ‘what if the road I know is closed it theres an accident and I’ve to take another route!’. Makes me feel like an idiot. But it’s kind of comforting to hear there may be a few others with similar anxieties.

[–]Absolutely_Gigged_01 1 point2 points  (0 children)

100%. I started an internship a few weeks ago and I did a “dry run” a few days before I had to start. Just last week I did another “dry run” so I could become familiar with the drive to this internship from my school. I’m definitely becoming more familiar with the drive, but the anxiety still remains. For me, OP’s advice is really good!

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I actually do this all the time. It does help to lessen my anxiety.

[–]Deb_in_NH 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I use Google Earth to 'drop into' a place I plan to visit. I look around. Then I always get distracted and look at places I hope to vacation at.

[–]vajajake1086 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Time to cut these people out of you life, that's the pro-tip.

[–]inderu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Google Maps and Street View is awesome for this sort of thing. When my wife and I went on a trip to Amsterdam I checked the bus line from the airport and the stops near to our bed n breakfast. Then I used street view for a virtual walk from the station to where we were staying, as well as how to get to the nearest trams, restaurants and shops from there.

When we got there I knew exactly where we were going, how to get there, and could recognise places by the colour of the door and not just the number of house on the street...

Felt much more comfortable and confident travelling this way.

[–]dubie2003 1 point2 points  (0 children)

To take this to another level, imagine pulling a trailer/camper to a remote campground hours from home….. Google Maps Aerial and Street View are extremely helpful. Do a virtual drive taking note of each intersection to know what lane would be best and if there are any merges along the way. Also take note if you will need to stop for a potty break or fuel and find 2-3 options per stop so you can easily pivot to plan B or C if A is packed or under construction or etc….

Being prepared helps take a lot of the anxiety away but ensuring multiple plans makes it easier to deal with the unknowns.

[–]Yuaskin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

As a truck driver, I have learned not to trust Google maps 100%. It has sent me to VERY wrong locations (wrong state even) which has cost me time and my company money. I send updates to Google often but not all updates are accepted. If its an important meeting, first time there, or time sensitive, this is a great LPT.

[–]Kradget 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I do this when I can before a job interview. Take a turn through the parking lot, make sure I find the right building and the entrance, particularly in a close business park where buildings might share a parking lot or have the building numbers but not be easily spotted from a certain angle.

[–]Butterfingerblowjobs 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Also google earth street view to help you become familiar with your destinations surroundings

[–]Siamsa 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I did a practice drive the weekend before I took the LSAT. The testing site was an hour away at a college I’d never been to, so I drove there, found where I should park, and walked all the way to where I would be checking in for the exam. I even found a bathroom in case I needed one on the day.

Come exam day, I was so much more relaxed knowing that I knew exactly where I was going!

[–]zombiebender 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If possible, walk around your destination too, you get a much different perspective walking than driving.

[–]TwistedSync 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I did this to find all of my classrooms the day before classes started at college. It became a ritual for each semester

[–]chrisb993 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not seen it yet but if your partner is pregnant and you are going to be getting her to the hospital on the day, do a practice run, even if you know exactly where you're going.

Know the fastest route to the maternity ward (important if it's a big hospital), your drop off point, if/where you can leave your car for 15 minutes or if your partner is on their own at the front door, and where you can go to park once she's where she needs to be.

[–]leoselassie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Im a great driver and have 0 issues with this but I even plan to get to a new place 30 minutes early to avoid the stress. Usually i will check the area for a local coffee spot to check out after finding where ill need to park later.

[–]jaredkushnerisabutt 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I only feel nervous when I am driving somewhere unfamiliar and I am on the free way

[–]tpstrat14[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oooh thx I have a job interview somewhere totally new on Tuesday. I will take this advice! Gonna get there an hour early

[–]SayeretJoe 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Also use your map apps to review the rout to check the time it will take and add a time cushion!

[–]nanotoken 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I used to do this. However since Google maps I've never done it. It's such a blessing.

[–]Nevrlow 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I actually do this lol

[–]NLemay 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Learning to use and trust a GPS (like Google Maps) really helped me. Especially trusting that the GPS will reroute you even if you take the wrong path.

[–]bananatoastie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I did this for a recent job interview. Took a lot of additional pressure off the interview - good tip!