The fear of driving a two-wheeler can stem from many things, whether they be a recent accident or simply the unknown. Overcoming these fears might seem daunting, scary and even impossible. However, taking gradual steps can help you overcome these fears. Moving slowly toward a final goal will help ease fears and build confidence along the way.
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Things you need
- Helmet and other safety equipment
Think about why you fear driving a two-wheeler. Is it because of a recent accident? Or is it because you never learnt how to ride one? If you can't pinpoint the cause of the fear yourself, consider talking to a professional. Understanding where your fears come from can help you overcome them by addressing that particular issue.
Sit on the two-wheeler without turning it on. Find a comfortable position, including for your footing and hands. Close your eyes and imagine riding the two-wheeler. Wear all the proper riding equipment, including a helmet.
Ensure that the two-wheeler is in perfect driving condition. If you're familiar with its mechanics, do this checkup yourself. You can also take it to a professional. Knowing that the two-wheeler is in perfect driving condition should help calm fears that it will break down mid-drive or cause any other problems.
Practice riding in an empty car park when you feel ready. Never force yourself onto a two-wheeler. In the car park, begin driving in straight lines. Practice braking and getting a feel for the brakes. Try making wide turns. As you begin to feel more comfortable, pick up the speed, making tighter turns and brake harder. You should begin to get a feel for the two-wheeler and how you can be most comfortable driving it.
Drive down a street that's not too busy. Pay attention to your body language, making sure you're relaxed and have a loose grip on the handles. Breathe steadily and deeply. Also, don't fixate on one point directly in front of you. Instead, allow your eyes to glide down the road and take in all of your surroundings.
Drive the two-wheeler through your town or on a normal outing. Remember to stay calm. If you panic, concentrate on your breathing and focusing on the road ahead of you. If the fear becomes overwhelming, pull over and park the two-wheeler. Overcoming fear takes time and might not be accomplished on the first try. Continue repeating the steps you're comfortable with until you're ready to hit the open road once again.
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