What to Do When You Fear Driving

Struggling with anxiety is such a broad topic that so many people are familiar with. Anxiety can be generalized and pop up at any time while others experience anxiety related to one or a few situations, events, or triggers. It's estimated that between 5 and 10% of all drivers around the world, anxiety surrounding driving becomes a problem at some point in their lives. That's a lot of people!

For those who do suffer anxiety when driving, it's not as simple as it may seem. While you or another individual may be prone to anxiety in the car because you experienced a traumatic car accident, others could be experiencing anxiety due high-risk assessment, agoraphobia, a fear of cars, or even fear related to low driving confidence. 

If you have a fear of driving or riding in a car, you should decide if it's something that interferes with your life or not. Some people get around town just fine without ever using a car while others struggle to get to work and back, run errands, or participate in daily life because of their fear. 

The first step is deciding if your fear is impeding on your life, the next step is deciding if you're ready to overcome your fear, and the last step is taking actionable steps to do so. It may not happen all at once and you might cycle between being complacent with your fear and wanting to overcome it. 

Whatever decision you make regarding your anxiety and driving or riding in a vehicle, do what's best for you and your unique situation. No one else can make the decision for you but we can gather around you to support whatever decision you make. 

N.D. "Driving Anxiety". Driving-Anxiety.(Website).2016

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