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Driving Anxieties … Hope To Cope

  • We published a posting on Driving Phobias six weeks ago which can be found here
  • The previous post, despite its humour, did, however, provide me the catalyst for this post
  • The below posting delves more into Driving Anxiety Triggers & Coping Techniques
  • To know what your triggers are … and having a plan to overcome the panic and other symptoms associated with your anxieties, really is the key to your safety and being able to manage your fears … and …
  • … hopefully being able to actually overcome your fears

DRIVING ANXIETY … THE TRIGGERS

  • For anyone suffering with driving-related anxiety, there are numerous triggers that can set you off such as … driving …
    • in heavy traffic
    • in inclement & treacherous weather conditions
    • in unfamiliar places
    • when you are running late
    • when distracted by your passengers
    • at night … and …
    • on highways
  • Any one, or all of the above, could readily trigger your anxiety whilst driving
  • Needless to say, the above list is far from finite

 

Driving Anxiety Can Affect Anyone
Driving Anxiety Can Affect Anyone

 

WHY THEN DO THESE CIRCUMSTANCES TRIGGER ANXIETY?

  • Every anxiety trigger has a starting point or a root cause …
  • … there is always some kind of reason responsible for your driving anxiety
  • Here are some common trigger roots … the fear of …
    • getting lost
    • getting into an accident
    • angering other motorists
    • driving at high speed
    • other aggressive drivers … and …
    • other drivers in general
  • You do not have to let these circumstances and triggers deprive you of driving and the freedom and convenience it provides
  • The below 5 practices can legitimately help anyone suffering with driving anxiety …

ASSEMBLE YOUR VERY OWN ANXIETY FIRST AID KIT

  • Here are some suggestions for the contents of your Anxiety First Aid Kit …
    • cell phone charger
      • always have help
    • GPS
      • a wonderful tool in eliminating getting lost & the fear associated with it
    • anti-anxiety medication
      • if you are prescribed any medicine, always keep a couple of doses in the car … enjoy the security of knowing you’ll be OK should your anxiety kick in
    • relaxing music or audio book
      • whatever floats your boat as they say … listen to what best relaxes you, regardless of musical genre or content
    • bottled water
      • anxiety can dehydrate you and you’ll need water too to take your medication if necessary
    • paper bag
      • in the case of hyperventilation brought on by anxiety

 

Always Remember ... There Is Help At Hand
Always Remember … There Is Help At Hand

 

SELF HELP

  • Self Help programs prove very successful in learning how to control, or overcome, your fear of driving
  • Do your research and source a reputable professional close to home
  • The Ottawa Anxiety & Trauma Clinic   OATC    is a very good example of reputable professional help in Ottawa

IMPLEMENT RELAXATION TECHNIQUES

  • There are countless relaxation techniques that help bring your anxiety down to a manageable level
  • These following are common methodologies …
    • deep breathing exercises
      • see a great breathing coaching video here
    • counting
      • ascending, descending, in tens … whatever
    • positive self-talk, motivation
      • I can do this
  • All relaxation techniques rely upon the ability to refocus the mind away from your anxiety
  • Don’t forget, practice DOES make perfect

PROFESSIONAL THERAPY

  • It’s very important to know that you are not alone and that there is professional help out there
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is very commonplace and we are blessed with many superb professionals in Ottawa
  • CBT helps you to retrain your thoughts and beliefs … getting you to the root of your issue
  • Your therapist can help you immeasurably once the cause of your anxiety is pinpointed

DEVELOP YOUR OWN ROAD RULES

  • All of the above will help you if you envelop it
  • Despite all of the techniques and measures you adopt, you can still be susceptible to instances of driving anxiety
  • Panic attacks due to anxiety usually let you know they’re coming … if you’ve had one, you will surely know
  • Always adopt safety first by …
    • pulling over in the first safe place you can get to
    • turn off the car’s engine and begin your breathing techniques
    • when ready, and if safe, have a little walk about
    • if you can’t walk outside the car safely, try reclining your seat until all the anxiety passes
    • remember to take your prescribed medication … and …
    • don’t be afraid to call 911 should you need any additional help
Drive Safe
Always Drive Safe

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The (Chrysler) Lancia Thema

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A VERY BRIEF ‘STATE OF THE NATION’

  • In most European countries … Chrysler vehicles are sold under the Lancia brand
  • The  Chrysler brand is set to change, once more, in Europe
  • Chrysler shall be departing the UK (Although Jeep shall remain), whilst …
  • … Lancia will be leaving Austria … and …
  • … possibly the rest of Europe except for Italy
  • In keeping with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEOSergio Marchionne‘s promise, Lancia is slowly withdrawing to Italy

 

THE LANCIA THEMA

  • At one time, the Thema would have been described as a flagship
  • That was when the world still had two very different approaches to car design …
    • elegance in Europe … and …
    • substance in America
  • The Thema combines both these approaches to create true harmony between style and power design and character

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  • The Lancia Thema brand is ostensibly famous outside of its native Italy for the 3.0-liter Ferrari V8 that the top end Thema borrowed from the Ferrari 308
  • Close watchers of the auto industry have been aware of the Chrysler 300-based, Lancia Thema for quite a while
  • Click here or on the Dilawri-TV to watch and learn more of this beauty … oh, it’s in Italian too BTW!

 

Style, Power, Design and Character
Style, Power, Design and Character

 

 

 

Ottawa's Chrysler Central
Ottawa’s Chrysler Central

 

 

 

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Need Something To Do To Pass The Time? … Look No Further

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FREE ONLINE GAMES is a great site for some fun

  • FreeOnlineGames.com publishes some of the highest quality games available online, all completely free to play
  • Their massive selection of games include some of the most played genres online, the most popular being racing games, puzzle games, action games, MMO games and many more, all guaranteed to keep you entertained for hours to come
  • We pride ourselves on providing our users with original and rewarding content to keep them entertained
  • So if you are looking for games for kids or to simply blow off a little steam and use up some time, feel free to enjoy all that we offer and return to play more great games
  • Click here to play

 

Jigsaw
Only 192 Pieces!

 

 

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A 110 Year Old Electric Car Sells For $95,000 At Auction

  • Bonhams is a privately owned British auction house and one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques
  • The Bonhams name is recognized worldwide throughout all sectors of the fine art, antiques and collectors market, with several of its departments established world leaders within their specialist categories … such as vintage automobiles
  • This last Saturday, yet another beautiful, automotive rarity went under the hammer
  • The last remaining 1905 Woods Queen Victoria Brougham sold for the best part of $95,000 (U.S.)
  • … quite a considerable jump from its 2010 auction price of $77,000 (U.S.)
  • the car is was a part of the Frederiksen auction at Ebeltoft, Denmark as held on September 26th. 2015
  • Towards the end of the 1800s and beginning of the 1900s, steam and electrically powered vehicles were more popular than , and outperformed, petrol/gasoline vehicles
  • Companies, much like Chicago-based Woods Electric, produced modern and efficient vehicles for over 15 years

 

A 1905 Woods Queen Victoria Brougham
A 1905 Woods Queen Victoria Brougham

 

  • It’s not well known that gasoline powered cars at the time were …
    • slow
    • quite smelly and dirty
    • hard to start by means of the turning crank … and …
    • inconvenient to fuel as gasoline were only available at a chemist’s
  • In 1905, there were roughly 30,000 electric cars haring down country roads and through cobbled city streets
  • These electric cars were …
    • clean
    • silent
    • luxuriously comfy … and …
    • relatively easy to start
  • This auctioned Queen Victoria originally sold for $3,000 (approximately $71,000 (U.S.) today)
  • The Queen Victoria has a 72″ (182.9 cm) wheelbase … and weighs …
  • 2,600 lbs (1,179 kg)
  • Remarkably, the car is still drivable due to a lightweight modern battery and a fast-charging system upgrade
  • We are talking about a seriously luxury vehicle here with …
    • an all-leather interior
    • a glass flower vase for decoration!?
    • very discrete controls … and …
    • a removable cab for open-air touring
  • All this car and luxury weight doesn’t stop the car from delivering a top speed of 30 mph (48 km/h)
  • We’re dealing with a little bit of HISTORY REPEATING

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Is This The Concept For The New 2018 Jeep Wrangler?

  • More rumours abound concerning the next-generation Jeep Wrangler

 

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Concept?
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Concept?

 

HERE IS A CONCISE LIST OF ALL PURPORTED NEW & IMPROVED FEATURES & SPECS …

  • 3.6 liter V6 powertrain
  • 285 of horsepower
  • 260 pound-feet of torque
  • a speed manual transmission
  • 21 mpg on highway
  • 17 mpg in the city … and … 18.2 mpg combined
  • a powerful 12 volt electric engine to supply enough power for all power-needing activities within the vehicle
  • increased headroom and legroom
  • redesigned rear and front seating
  • a high-mounted dash housing all controls and safety systems
  • a navigation system
  • an Alpine audio system
  • lift kits
  • blank canvas
  • modernized airbags
  • glove gear box
  • lockable centre console
  • extended hood architecture
  • aluminum doors, tailgate, fenders and hood
  • a new rear suspension geometry
  • a new chrome trim … and …
  • a new durable chrome grille

 

Ottawa's Jeep HQ
Ottawa’s Jeep HQ
This Is Sneaky ... Our Man On The Inside
This Is Sneaky … Our Man On The Inside

 

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Here’s A Great Little Selection Of Some Of The Best Automotive Apps Out There

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I.  WAZE

  • Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app
  • join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info …
  • … saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute
  • imagine millions of drivers out on the roads, working together towards a common goal … to outsmart traffic and get everyone the best route to work and back, every day

 

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II.  GAS BUDDY

  • Gas Buddy tells you the location of the nearest gas station and which has the best prices in your ‘hood
  • it relies on user-submitted information from a large user community
  • compete against other gasbuddies by reporting good prices and helping others save money on gas
  • complete challenges to earn points … new challenges every day as well as a weekly challenge

 

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III.  TRAPSTER

  • Trapster is the best-known of the speed-trap-database apps
  • the app lets users pinpoint where speed cameras, red-light cameras, and live speed traps are and rates the validity by multiple user confirmations
  • the traps are displayed by icons on a map on most smartphones
  • Trapster claims 15 million users worldwide and hundreds of thousands of traps and camera locations in its database

 

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IV.  PLUGSHARE

  • PlugShare is a must-have for EV drivers, as it allows you to locate the closest charging station
  • join over 120,000 electric vehicle drivers and plug into the #1 downloaded EV charging station locator app
  • PlugShare provides the most accurate and complete public charging map worldwide with over 50,000 public stations … including …
    • those in all major networks in North America …
      • Tesla SuperCharger
      • ChargePoint
      • Blink
      • SemaCharge
      • GE WattStation
      • Aerovironment … and …
      • eVgo
    • and those in Europe …
      • RWE
      • Clever
      • Endesa … and …
      • Enel

 

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V.  AUTOMATIC

  • Automatic turns just about any car into a connected car
  • save hundreds on gas, repairs … and even tickets
  • all you need is the Automatic car adapter ($99) available at www.automatic.com
    • learn fuel-saving driving habits to save hundreds per year
    • see what that check engine light means without a trip to the mechanic
    • track your car’s fuel level and set custom low-fuel warnings
    • ever forget where you parked
    • get free emergency help in a crash

 

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VI.  FINDERY

  • Findery is all about places
  • from local lore to travel stories, share the places you love
  • learn more about your favorite places and the places you’ve always wanted to visit
  • share your stories about places, discover the world around you or explore the globe right from home

 

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VII.  iONROAD

  • iOnRoad™ improves driving in real-time using the power of modern computer vision algorithms and smart-phone cameras
  • with just your smartphone, a windscreen mount, and the iOnRoad app, you can enjoy a safer journey while avoiding unexpected road hazards
  • iOnRoad uses your mobile device’s camera to monitor your distance from the vehicles ahead and alerts you if you get too close or if you begin to veer off the road
  • with both visual and audible alerts, it’s like having a copilot along for the ride

 

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VIII.  PAYBYPHONE

  • PayByPhone is the most convenient way to pay for parking …
  • tap in the location code you wish to park in as advertised on street signage
  • add the time duration you wish to park for … check the details then confirm your selection
  • add more time from wherever you are … simply open the app and add time to your current parking meter … it’s that simple

 

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IX.  PARKME

  • ParkMe is the award-winning free app that helps you find and reserve the closest and cheapest parking around
  • save money and time … and your spot is guaranteed
  • ParkMe shows how much you should expect to pay for parking before you arrive
  • ParkMe’s database contains parking spots in over 500 cities around the world
  • current Canadian city availability … Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Quebec City

 

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X.  CAR MINDER PLUS

  • Car Minder is an app for  … from logging repairs to tracking fuel economy
  • keep track of multiple cars, services and repairs
  • keep track of oil changes, tire rotations, and other maintenance tasks for all your cars
  • take care of your car by following recommended maintenance intervals …
  • … this will prolong the life of your car, keep it running better and increase fuel economy so that you use less gas

 

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Hyundai Tucson & Sonata Pick Up 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+ Awards

PRESS RELEASE

Press Release

ARLINGTON, VA.

  • The 2016 Hyundai Tucson crossover and the 2016 Hyundai Sonata sedan have each both received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety‘s (IIHS) highest rating
  • … the Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick + rating
  • These are now the second and third Hyundai models to receive this award … after the 2015 Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan
  • Both the 2016 Tucson and the 2016 Sonata offer available front crash prevention systems that includes automatic braking
  • The optional collision package provides forward collision warning that meets all of the criteria as set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • … thus giving the vehicles the maximum 6 points for … a superior front crash prevention rating
  • In testing, the vehicles avoided collisions in IIHS administered track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph

 

Hyundai's Safety Award Winners
Hyundai’s Safety Award Winners Being Put Through Their Paces

 

  • To qualify for the 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK award, vehicles must earn good ratings in …
    • the moderate overlap front
    • side strength
    • roof strength
    • head restraint tests … plus …
    • a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap test
  • To earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, vehicles also require
    • an available front crash prevention system … with …
    • an advanced or superior rating
  • The IIHS have plans to amend the criteria for their awards in 2016 … requiring a good small overlap rating for either award

 

Safety ... Features ... Value
Safety … Features … Value

 

 

 

 

 

Safety ... Features ... Value
Safety … Features … Value

 

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Bank Street Hyundai … SATURDAY SALE

When THE #1 VOLUME HYUNDAI DEALER IN OTTAWA & EASTERN ONTARIO has a Saturday Sale … people take notice!

JOIN US AT DILAWRI BANK STREET HYUNDAI THIS  SATURDAY 9AM – UNTIL THE LAST DEAL IS DONE …

 

  • Huge selection of over 400 new Hyundais
  • On-The-Spot Financing with $500 down
  • Trade Assistance up to $3,000
  • Credit Card Pay-Off at 0% up to $5,000
  • More details below …

 

Come & See What The HYUNDAI Advantage Is All About
Come & See What The HYUNDAI Advantage Is All About

 

 

Advantage ... Hyundai
Advantage … Hyundai

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