A recent survey found that 39% of drivers admitted to being scared and uncertain behind the wheel. In addition, 23% of drivers felt anxious about using the motorways.
In a previous survey conducted by the AA, figures highlighted that 13% of Women and 11% of Men were conscious of the possibility of breaking down while driving.
Many drivers suffer from driving anxieties but not all anxieties stem from driving alone.
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Drivers can lose their confidence for a number of reasons.
Accidents, near-misses, embarrassing parking mishaps, fears of breaking down, or just being out of practice, are some of the more common causes behind driving phobias.
According to Anxiety UK, there are varying degrees of driving phobias; some people can't drive on motorways, but are able to cope on A and B roads. Other people fear roundabouts, parallel parking, or being caught in traffic and not being able to ‘escape’.
Reporting your Anxiety
If your doctor thinks you could have severe driving anxiety, you should consider telling your workplace and loved ones about your condition.
If you're applying for a new policy, or renewing one, take reasonable care to answer all of the questions honestly and to the best of your knowledge. Your policy may be cancelled, or a claim may be rejected or not fully paid, if you don't.
If you already have car insurance and develop a condition such as anxiety that may affect your driving, you should perhaps inform your insurer.
Does declaring anxiety affect the cost of car insurance?
Your insurance company can’t charge a higher premium or increase excess without evidence that you’re an increased risk; there's no general policy to charge more for people with anxiety as this would be unlawful discrimination.