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While some people absolutely love to drive and cannot wait to get the behind the wheel of a car for the first time in their lives, others absolutely dread it. Some people handle their driving phobias and manage to get through them, but others have a really difficult time and may be reluctant to drive altogether, resorting to using public transportation or asking friends and family members to drive them to wherever it is they need to be. This, however, can be very restrictive upon a person’s lifestyle and inhibit him or her from being able to do everything that other people take for granted.

While there are many reasons that drivers may be anxious behind the wheel, let’s take a look at some of the most common, listed below.

Being Involved in a Past Accident

If someone is involved in a car accident, even if she was just the passenger at the time, the experience may trigger enough fear and anxiety to prevent that individual from enjoying the act of driving. She may be so afraid of, and focused on, the next possible accident, that every other car on the road is a potential risk and hazard. The individual may also not have much faith in herself as a driver, especially if the driver with whom she was when the accident occurred was viewed as a safe, responsible driver. The rationale is that, if it could happen to someone who knows how to drive properly and safely, it can certainly happen to the passenger who now has a fear of driving and cannot operate a car with confidence.

On the other hand, if someone was driving when he got into a bad car accident, this can lead to future anxiety and fear behind the wheel. He may never be able to forget the experience, especially if a lot of damage was done to their car or if he was severely injured as a result.

Being Taught to Fear the Road

If individuals grow up with paranoid parents who instil fear into them when it comes to learning how to drive, these people will most likely have a fear of driving when it is time to get their driver’s licence and hit the road on their own. Due to the fact that they’ve been conditioned to fear driving because it can be so dangerous, and even deadly, they have an innate apprehensiveness towards the experience. Rather than looking at driving as a way to be free and autonomous, they view it as a constant threat to their own safety.

Driving the Wrong Kind of Car

Individuals who fear driving or are uncomfortable behind the wheel may be driving the wrong type of car for their size, for example, and so they have difficulty manoeuvring it or being able to get a decent amount of visibility out of it. Their fears may be reduced, therefore, by simply purchasing the right car that has enough safety features, such as bright headlights and plenty of airbags.

Dan Perch is a renowned author and expert in all aspects of automobiles. Dan often checks out to get the latest information on car bulbs.