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Re: Driving Anxiety

What brings on driving anxiety
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Old 10-12-11, 04:16 AM
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Re: Driving Anxiety

I have adult ADD (diagnosed and treated with ritilin for 16 years). I started having difficulty in some driving situations. I've always been a careful, safe driver. However I started getting anxious when I had to merge into traffic, especially highway driving and changing lanes. I moved to the UK 5 years ago and have been unable to adjust to driving here. The roads are a lot narrower than in the US (other cars too close) and I get a lot of anxiety when negotiating large roundabouts (the more traffic the worse). I took lessons with two instructors for over a year, but got so anxious on roundabouts that I'd lose focus and several times started to drift out of my lane with the instructor needing to grab the wheel and keep us from hitting someone! I had so much anxiety I never could take the driving test. Result is my husband has to drive us everywhere (although I do all the driving when we're in the States). I feel very guilty about this but can't overcome it. I never connected it with ADD but now realise it's pretty common. I also have problems with reading (registering the information on) traffic signs. And of course they're all a bit different in the UK to what I'm accustomed to.
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Old 10-12-11, 11:46 AM
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I have adult ADD (diagnosed and treated with ritilin for 16 years). I started having difficulty in some driving situations. I've always been a careful, safe driver. However I started getting anxious when I had to merge into traffic, especially highway driving and changing lanes. I moved to the UK 5 years ago and have been unable to adjust to driving here. The roads are a lot narrower than in the US (other cars too close) and I get a lot of anxiety when negotiating large roundabouts (the more traffic the worse). I took lessons with two instructors for over a year, but got so anxious on roundabouts that I'd lose focus and several times started to drift out of my lane with the instructor needing to grab the wheel and keep us from hitting someone! I had so much anxiety I never could take the driving test. Result is my husband has to drive us everywhere (although I do all the driving when we're in the States). I feel very guilty about this but can't overcome it. I never connected it with ADD but now realise it's pretty common. I also have problems with reading (registering the information on) traffic signs. And of course they're all a bit different in the UK to what I'm accustomed to.
Could the anxiety becoming from slow processing speed
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Old 10-12-11, 12:02 PM
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Could the anxiety becoming from slow processing speed
I suppose it could but really have no idea. It may be a matter of sensory overload...too much to process at the same time. I don't like being in large groups either.
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I suppose it could but really have no idea. It may be a matter of sensory overload...too much to process at the same time. I don't like being in large groups either.
It could be a combination of the two. That might me one of my issues
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Re: Driving Anxiety

It used to be whenever be gettig readin g to go on a trip and the whole trip I would have all these untollable thoughts come into my head. I would also have the excessive urination all caused by my anxiety.
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Re: Driving Anxiety

Ever since my accident a couple of months ago (I wrote a thread about it) I've been even more anxious when it comes to getting behind the wheel. I fumbled with the radio, looked round everywhere, & talked continuously. Now, even though I'm not driving, I get absolutely terrified when my brother drives me anywhere. His driving never scared me before but now I'm constantly looking at his speed (which is always low) & grabbing my seat-belt any time another car is close. I know I'm gonna have to drive again sometime but I'm so bad at it I know I'll be getting into another crash.
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Ever since my accident a couple of months ago (I wrote a thread about it) I've been even more anxious when it comes to getting behind the wheel. I fumbled with the radio, looked round everywhere, & talked continuously. Now, even though I'm not driving, I get absolutely terrified when my brother drives me anywhere. His driving never scared me before but now I'm constantly looking at his speed (which is always low) & grabbing my seat-belt any time another car is close. I know I'm gonna have to drive again sometime but I'm so bad at it I know I'll be getting into another crash.
I was so anxious (on large roundabouts) I could never take my UK test and therefore only have a provisional license. I'm very nervous as a passenger with my husband driving. He actually does drive too fast and tailgates. This past weekend he ran 3 red lights and just barely stopped at a 4th when I screamed 'red light.' Said he wasn't concentrating!! I'm now scared s***less to drive with him. Not a happy situation
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Ever since my accident a couple of months ago (I wrote a thread about it) I've been even more anxious when it comes to getting behind the wheel. I fumbled with the radio, looked round everywhere, & talked continuously. Now, even though I'm not driving, I get absolutely terrified when my brother drives me anywhere. His driving never scared me before but now I'm constantly looking at his speed (which is always low) & grabbing my seat-belt any time another car is close. I know I'm gonna have to drive again sometime but I'm so bad at it I know I'll be getting into another crash.
Talking with someone about should make the fear go away.
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Re: Driving Anxiety

I do not like to drive at sundown or at night because it's hard for me to decipher if lights are headlights or street lamps in the distance, and all of the other lights distract me from making snap decisions if needed. It's very difficult in a busy street. Highway driving isn't that bad for me, it's mainly trying to figure out the headlights and turn lanes and stop lights in the dark when everything is the same color except the lights. My eyesight is fine, I do wear glasses, but I can drive fine in the daytime.

I also get worried when someone is directly behind me, that I'm going to mess up or they think I may not be going fast enough. Especially if I'm in an unfamiliar area or trying to find a turn I've not taken before. I tend to pull over and let them pass before I move on.

After having about 5 speeding tickets in the past 3 years, including a suspended license from forgetting to pay the ticket, I drive like a little old lady and I don't care who gets annoyed by it.
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Old 12-22-11, 10:30 AM
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Re: Driving Anxiety

Driving at night can be a pain. The glare from the headlight can be hard on the eyes. The trick is to slow down and be cautious.
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My driving anxiety is so bad that I'm 22 and I have yet to even try learning how to drive.

Sigh.

I would say that...pretty much everything worries me about driving.
Have you been able to make any progress with this?
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I really hate it when people use their brights and it looks blue. I always think a police is following me, even if I've checked whether or not it's a police officer.
Me too. I hate those new blue headlights, although the halogen lights are actually safer because the driver can see better.
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How do you deal with your driving anxiety, and what keeps you going
Meditation, relaxation, and lots of practice! Also, knowing that others struggle with driving anxiety has helped my self-esteem tremendously.
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I still struggle with it. I think it's due to my slow processing first than anxiety
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