What Is Fear Of Driving?
Fear of driving can be a form of agoraphobia, associated with fear of "open spaces." However, you may not just be afraid of open spaces, you can also fear empty roads, camber of the road, sheer drops and bridges.
People suffering from agoraphobia think that if their fear gets very strong, it will translate into action.
Anyone who is under a lot of stress at work or home could have a panic attack at any time and anywhere, but it is twice the problem if they have the attack while they are driving.
Usually, people suffering from this problem tend to blame the panic attack on the road rather than the cause. Subsequently there is the debilitating fear that such attacks would reoccur if if they drive on similar roads.
Fear of driving may also be trigeered by the past trauma of being in an accident, leaving the person feeling incapable of driving.
Among non-drivers who depend on friends on family drive them around lack the confidence to drive if those persons are no longer around while they drive.
Yet others who have a fear of driving are able to drive but with very high anxiety all along to the extent that rthey become rigid and are no more able to continue driving.
In other forms of the fear of driving, people may be capable of driving on roads near to their homes or workplace but are incapable of driving on unknown roads.
For people who do not have this fear, a trip from point A to point B will be by the straightest or shortest possible route, whereas for those having the fear of unknown roads the drive could be several times longer because they tend to avoid roads which cause them to become fearful.