It is funny how a road accident, a near miss or even a film that a person may have witnessed, involved in or watched as a kid can become such a big problem when they are grown. Most cases of people fearing to drive are caused by these past events and memories. The fear of driving is a very serious problem among many people today, where private transport is very important because people have very busy schedules and convenience and privacy is a major issue. Different people suffer the fear of driving a car phobia under different circumstances, while driving over bridges, in busy traffic, freeways, intersections, at night, through fog or in one way streets. As much as the fear of driving may seem simple, it is real and has the capability of ruining someone’s life socially and professionally.
Can you overcome the fear of driving?
That is the main question that people suffering from this condition ask themselves almost all the time. My first suggestion in the process of trying to overcome this fear is gain confidence in driving. If you have not driven much, take some driving lessons then a road test, pass it and when you have a license, half the battle will be won. Get a Frisbee to help you get the feel of a steering wheel in order to learn more how to control a car and get some virtual driving experience.
You can get a driving instructor or get help from a friend to instill more confidence in you while driving. Since the phobia of driving all happens in the mind, it can only be gotten rid of in the mind. Every time you think of driving or are driving, focus your thoughts on something else so as not to leave room for “what if’s” that often manifest to become negative thoughts and eventually fear.