Believe it or not, there are different types of fear of driving. Not all people that deal with this condition experience it in the same way, nor are they scared of the same things. For those that have a fear of driving at night, their worries are not an issue until it comes time for the sun to go down. While some may think that being scared to drive at night is the lesser of two evils and less of a problem than being scared of driving overall, this version of driving phobia has a set of problems all its own.
Although being able to drive with no issues during the day is fine, avoiding nighttime driving can still become disruptive to a person’s lifestyle. While those that avoid driving altogether turn to the options of public transportation and friends/family members to drive them around, trying these alternatives could prove to be more difficult when it comes to nighttime. Not all modes of public transportation are available all night, which could leave you stranded if you need to go somewhere late at night. Additionally, your friends and family members may not feel like getting up in the middle of the night just to drive you around.
The reason why some drivers may have a fear of driving at night may be due to a traumatic experience that happened at night while they were behind the wheel. Common examples include hitting another vehicle, running into something (pole, center divide, etc.) or even hitting an animal. From that point on, the driver will end up associating being on the road at night with that particular experience.