Crowd sharing rides are challenging for myself and others to deal with because of our social anxiety.
- However, I never realized that the indoor air temperature settings could be a much larger trigger than even our social fears.
I guess getting locked inside a vehicle with horrible onboard heating, cooling, plus air quality control was what I needed to develop a new phobia – uncomfortable vehicle rides. You see, the problem all started when I was leaving the cabin Last yearin the middle of a recognizably terrible boiling spell. The summer time air had been seriously boiling plus humid for the past several months already, but now it was taking a turn for the worse. Suddenly the outdoor air was so overwhelmingly uncomfortable that I changed outfits several times to deal with the outdoor weather conditions. I knew that the indoor air at our final destination was going to be nothing like the outdoor air temperature that had to be traversed. This is when I managed to put on several layers of clothing to offset the freezing air quality of the place plus jumped straight into our Uber without another thought, and unluckyly, when I got into the car I noticed that the heating, cooling, plus ventilation settings were not up to our preferences. In fact, it felt like the driver was blasting more heat into the vehicle, rather than high quality cooling system to neutralize the heat outdoors. For the entire ride, the indoor air was stifling. I tried to roll down a window, but the humidity made the vehicle guess even worse; Eventually, I started stripping off layers of clothes in the back of the car to deal with the lack of AC. By the time I reached our destination, I was practically naked, sweaty, plus filled with terror every time I thought about Heating plus A/C in our taxi for the foreseeable future.