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.