However crippling driver anxiety may be, there are ways to help drivers regain the confidence they need to get back on the road. Before we get into that, let’s take a look at some common symptoms of driver anxiety.
Signs of driver anxiety
Even the mildest of symptoms can be enough to make a trip to the grocery store exceedingly stressful. Signs that you may be fearful of driving include:
- Taking active steps to avoid certain roads
- Avoiding driving altogether
- Feeling as though you’re driving on ‘auto-pilot’
- Constant fear of getting into an accident or losing control of the vehicle
Although many symptoms are mental, driver anxiety can also cause physical symptoms including:
- Heart palpitations or rapid heartbeat
- Faintness or dizziness
- Chest pains or difficulty breathing
- Dry mouth or throat
Working through driver anxiety
Whether you’re scared of merging onto the highway or driving near big trucks, there are many coping strategies to alleviate your fears.
Identify exactly what you’re scared of
Are you worried about losing control of your vehicle? Or maybe you’re scared of having a panic attack while trapped in a traffic jam. The key is to be as specific as possible about your fears, so you can address them effectively.