fear of driving

How do driving phobias start?

Pretty well all driving phobias are set up by a one-off learning event. It would be natural to assume that this event has to be something really traumatic and life-threatening like a road traffic accident. But if it had been, it would most likely create some form of short-lived post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a .. read more

Making sense of driving phobia

The most frustrating thing about a driving phobia – indeed about any phobia – is that it doesn’t seem to make sense. Part of you knows that you are probably a good, competent driver and that nothing else has changed. You have the driving experience and the skills. The roads and traffic are still the .. read more

Life in the slow lane?

With driving phobias, not only does the driving itself become physically and emotionally exhausting, but huge amounts of time and mental energy are used in planning and then driving alternative routes or else using public transport. This is life in the slow lane. The avoidance and manipulation takes effort too. All this starts to put .. read more

Case Study: The Psychiatrist

A psychiatrist who had driven very happily for many years developed a driving phobia when her grandmother became very ill. Her grandmother was in a care home an hour’s drive away and the only times the psychiatrist could visit her was before she went to work each day. So she would get up early, drive out .. read more

How people manage driving fear

Most people with a fear of driving will try and hide their distress because they think there’s something wrong with them or they’re going mad or becoming a nervous wreck. Very rarely will they tell anyone beyond their partner or immediate family. Even then, they are unlikely to disclose the full extent of their fear. So .. read more

Drive-o-phobia?

The clinical name for driving phobia is not Drive-o-phobia. In fact there is no recognized clinical name for a phobia of driving. Which is quite an omission for such a common phobia. Some therapists refer to the fear of driving as Hodophobia but that is far too general as it is defined as a fear of travelling (from the Greek .. read more

Motorway phobia affects millions

Research by The Automobile Association shows that millions of drivers steer clear of motorways because of their fear of driving on them: M-way ‘phobia’ drives motorists onto alternative routes