Our expert says:
I wonder where and when you find such quiet roads to drive along ! But you make an important distinction between the basic skills of driving ( being able to control a vehicle so it moves competenyl from A to b ) and the psychological skills of being able to do so calmly and cope with varying distractions and other motorists.
In fact many people suffer similar problems to those you describe, and this can be helped by an expert shrink, probably best by Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ( CBT ) whcih would help you to gain control over your fears and avoidance of the situations you fear, to become capable of remaining calm and efficient while navigating through today's typically messy roads.
The symptoms you describe are typical of acute anxiety, and such therapy would help yyou lose these symptoms. The cost of therapy would surely be covered soon by saving the costs of extra travel for your husband and your taxi expenses.
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