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Driving or riding with mental health challenges

During normal times, thousands of people with mental health challenges take to the road every day as drivers and riders. During the Coronavirus, while there may be less people getting behind the wheel or on their bike, those that are may be feeling the strain more acutely.

At IAM RoadSmart, we understand that a driver's or rider's mental wellbeing is crucial to keeping them safe on the road.

So we've put together some top tips, advice and information to help anyone suffering with mental health difficulties boost their confidence and capability when driving or riding.

Stressed driver

Mental health during Coronavirus

If you feel worried about driving, or have lost some confidence following the recent weeks of lockdown, our video of top tips gives advice on how to manage anxiety when your start driving again. You can see it here.

You may also be interested in our coaching and courses here - great for both drivers and motorcyclists. They could help with any anxiety you may be feeling and get you ready for getting back on the road. 

If you're suffering from loneliness following weeks of social distancing, or know someone who is, please take a look at the advice provided by Mind, the mental health charity here and share it with friends and family. You may also find our short video helpful, which you can see here

Read on for further mental health and wellbeing tips and advice to support your driving and riding.

Further reading for driving or riding with a mental health illness

Mental health can affect you at any point in your life. You could be new to the road or you could have years of experience and a wealth of knowledge under your belt. If you do have a mental health illness and/or are taking medication, you may need to tell the DVLA so they can advise whether or not you're safe to be on the road.

Mental health charity, Mind and insurance company, We Are Marmalade, have put together an overview with some helpful information to help you decide if you're fit to drive.

Ben is the automotive industry's support service and they provide lots of tips on how to handle different types of mental health issues. Along with these useful links, we've put together a list of our own advice to help you stay safe on the road.


    Driving with Hyper Responsibility OCD and social anxiety

    Kier Home, our customer care deputy team leader, opens up about how he manages his obsessive-compulsive disorder and social anxiety out on the road.

    Managing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    An IAM RoadSmart member has written about her experience suffering from fatigue syndrome and how advanced driving helped build her confidence on the road.

    Feeling stressed?

    We've teamed up with mental health charity, Ben, to put together some top tips for handling stress - so you can keep calm and focus on the road.

    Too tired to drive?

    Getting a good night's sleep can help you stay safe on the road. Read our top tips on how to avoid tiredness and the importance of staying alert.

    Baby on board

    Are you a first-time parent who's anxious about driving with a baby? A new mum writes about her experience of driving for the first time with her baby on board.

    Right mind, right ride

    In 2015, we worked with Transport Research Laboratory to explore cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for the treatment of riding-related stress.

    Boost your confidence

    Learn new techniques, overcome your personal driving challenges and conquer the road with our DVSA Quality Assured Advanced Driver Course.

    Master your riding skills

    Appreciate your motorcycle's full capacity, meet like-minded passionate riders and gain new skills with our Advanced Rider Course.