How to relieve driving anxiety?

What can you do if you feel nervous about driving? Take care of yourself before you even get in the car. Make the car feel like a positive and safe space. Focus on the destination. Book more lessons – or take another test.

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Why is driving giving me anxiety?

Perhaps the clearest cause of driving anxiety is when someone experiences a recent crash. The accident may trigger a number of anxiety reactions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress disorder, adjustment disorders, and phobias.

Is driving anxiety common?

About 66% of Americans experience driving anxiety, with 55% reporting they feel it while performing common driving maneuvers. Out of those who experienced driving anxiety, merging onto the highway (26%) and backing up/reversing (19%) were the top driving skills that made people the most anxious.

How do I get over my fear of driving on the highway?

Exposure Therapy starts out slow, such as asking a patient to drive a few feet in a driveway. Through progressive sessions, the person eventually drives onto a highway for a few miles at a time. Exposing the person to the fact that they are in control of the situation can ward off the phobia.

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