1 out of every 10 person is affected by phobia or fear. There are various reasons why drivers often feel anxiety when driving. It can be a handicap especially if you need to drive to go to work or if you need to drive for a living. But when it turns into driving nervousness and panic attacks it can hamper your operation.

Understanding Driving Phobia

Fear of Driving or driving phobia is an unreasonable and excessive fear of driving, of being or feeling out of control while driving, causing dread, panic and avoidance. Those that are suffering from this phobia admits the fear is excessive or unreasonable, but feels helpless to overcome their fears. Those that are affected by driving phobia usually avoids driving or endures it with intense distress. This interferes significantly with regular daily routines.

Fear of driving starts when you feel anxiety just by looking at the vehicle. At its worst it’ll end in a panic attack. So its way beyond driving nerves. This is hardcore white knuckle fear. Physical signs will come on when beginning a trip or en route or when subjected to certain driving situation. The symptoms usually stop when the motorist is out from the situation or out from the vehicle.

Important Facts That You Should Know About Driving Phobia.

Like any other phobias, driving phobia can produce the unpleasant physical symptoms of those suffering from anxiety or fear. For many drivers  having anxiety attack, these signs might begin at a even before they really start driving, and persist for sometime later.

Typical signals of driving phobia will include a number of the following:

  • Tightness in the chest
  • Sweating and shaking
  • Physical tension
  • Light-headedness or dizziness
  • Difficulty breathing or over breathing
  • Rapid heartbeat or palpitations –

Driving phobia or anxiety may not be isolated to the ones driving. Many of these signals might also be experienced by a passenger. Before  going on a long drive, there’s possibly a build-up of dread and nervousness for days or weeks before the journey, resulting in sleeping difficulties and loss of appetite.

While driving or travelling, emotional symptoms may occur such as;

  • You Might lose control
  • Might do something stupid
  • Could swerve
  • The vehicle may hint over
  • Are being pulled or pulled into the left or right
  • Are isolated from the encounter like someone else is driving
  • Have to focus intensely
  • Can’t bear distractions

When these physical and mental signs come on whilst driving, the driver should:

  1. Slow right down.
  2. Pull over,
  3. Stop the vehicle
  4. Try and relax before driving or having someone else take over.

Try and reduce your distress by forcing yourself to think of other stuff before driving on. Strategies such as reciting the alphabet backwards, counting backward or sing on top of their voice. Many individuals, needless to say, will react by not going there. They’ll just avoid driving on specific roads or avoid driving entirely. Driving phobia may affect anyone. Understanding the cause and controlling your fear can help you cope with your phobia. Practicing relaxation while driving and having support from you driving instructor can help you overcome your fear in driving.