Roller coasters are feared by many - but you can conquer a fear of them. From starting small to screaming loud, there are tricks to overcoming the fear of roller coasters. Read on to see what other tricks you can use at an amusement park to conquer a fear of roller coasters.
Start small, work your way up. If you have a fear of something, it's probably not best to just "dive in" and scare yourself even more. Start with a smaller coaster that's not scary, so you can get used to the feel of riding a roller coaster. Once you feel like you can move on, try to find a coaster that's going to push your boundaries, but not overwhelm you. Keep working you way up throughout the day, and at the end, you might even give the most thrilling coaster at the park a try.
Know what you are getting on. Before strapping in and crossing the point of no return, it's best to prepare yourself so you are not worrying if the ride goes upside-down, if it launches, etc. Before heading to a park, you can usually find online point-of-view videos of various roller coasters so you can know what the layout is like and what to expect from that particular roller coaster.
It's okay to back out. If you really feel like a particular ride is too scary or intense for you, that's okay. Think of my first tip - you might then want to go to something a bit smaller and try that. Just remember, though, it's sometimes good to go out of your comfort zone, because when it's all finished, you probably won't think it's all that bad, and you'll just have taken another step to conquering the fear of roller coasters.
Scream, if you want. It's all about the science of roller coasters - they're designed to make you scream and feel scared. It all starts in the senses, where the body picks up fear "signals" that make you feel threatened or scared. The fear signals are then transmitted to the Amygdala (located in the brain), where the fight-or-flight reflexes in your body kick in. One of the ways to release all of that nervous energy is to scream - if you're scared it should help significantly.
They're safer than most things. According to studies, you have 1 in 24 million chance of being injured on a roller coaster. If you've driven a car today, used a vending machine, or lounged in a folding lawn chair you have risked your life more than you would have riding a roller coaster. That's right - vending machines and folding lawn chairs take more lives per year than roller coasters. So, If you think a ride is unsafe, think about those above facts. Also, roller coasters undergo daily inspections of everything from the track to the bolts in a train's chassis, so when you ride a roller coaster, keep in mind that everything has been inspected and certified, to ensure safety.
So, if you are scared of roller coasters, try these tips out next time you visit an amusement park. Hopefully they will help, and you can conquer the fear of roller coasters.
Arms up (or down if that's too scary),
Coasters are my passion. It's what I do, it's who I am.