Safe Teen Drivers: Nervousness

Feb. 10, 2014

Most teenagers can't wait to get their license and the freedom that comes along with it. But getting behind the wheel isnt a priority for everyone.

"It's very overwhelming when you first get behind the wheel and you're trying to drive, because you have all these things that you need to pay attention to suddenly and it takes a while to get acclimated to that," said 17-year old Emily Waugh, a senior at Tandem Friends School.

Emily is not necessarily afraid of the task of driving, more so the ramifications of her actions behind the wheel.

Daniel Cox, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia says he's encountering more and more teenagers afraid to drive. He says, "this fear of driving, has become progressively more common over the years and in part that's because the driving process is a lot more complicated now then it was."

Prof. Cox says it's important for teenagers to shift their attention away from their anxiety to the actual task of driving. He says a crucial rule when practicing is to not to stop if you make a mistake. Prof. Cox says novice drivers must stick with it until their nervousness goes away and they feel comfortable again.

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