Driving (or being a passenger in) a car is a common anxiety trigger. The feeling of being trapped, or fear of having some kind of episode whilst driving is usually the issue.
As far as the bright lights? I am going to guess that fluorescent lights may be to blame. This kind of lighting...used often in offices or stores can be a trigger for anxiety. The light source is not static, but rather pulses at high speed...which can be triggering to those sensitive and prone to anxiety. Strange as it seems, wearing sunglasses when you are challenged with this can help. (don't worry about
what anyone else thinks about
you wearing sunglasses indoors, it's your business not theirs!)
Work on those coping skills from the Resources I mentioned...and set up an appointment with your doctor if you need to come up with a more extensive management plan.
"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"
"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom
Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT