Since this word consists of a kanji with hiragana attached, you can bet that it will use the kun'yomi reading. You haven't learned this reading yet, so here's a mnemonic to help you:
Whenever you start to panic you can't help but blurt out, "A wha- (あわ)?" to everything people say and ask. For example, "Would you like a mint?" "A WHA?!" Yeah, you really do sound upset.
Please don't rush—just drive safely.
I panicked, thinking there was a fire, and threw some water, but it was just a candle.
Don't hurry, do it carefully.