Having severe driving anxiety and a fear to drive is not entirely uncommon. In fact, there’s an actual name for it: Hodophobia
But you don’t really care about fancy terminology. You want to know how to stop this driving fear!
Why Should You Care About Overcoming Driving Anxiety?
Driving provides humans with a freedom that can’t be duplicated by any other form of technology currently in existence. Sure, you can take public transit. You can ride a bike or go for a walk. But nothing compares to the ability to drive yourself. Your driving fear is inhibiting your quality of life, whether you realize it or not. It’s also making you a more dangerous driver.
Just imagine for a moment. Imagine a life where you can drive to and from work without having panic attacks. Imagine a life where you feel comfortable driving your kids, or even your friends kids to places they want to go. Or places they need to go. Imagine a life where you don’t have to plan things out so that you drive as little as possible. Imagine taking spontaneous road trips and budget vacations. Imagine breaking away from the mental jail cell you live in and becoming truly free. With a little bit of effort on your part, this is all possible!
Step one – Coming to terms with your problem
The first thing you need to do is realize that you have a problem. Seeing as though you’re still reading, you’ve probably already completed step one. Congratulations! You’re on your way! While you certainly aren’t the only person who has driving anxiety and a fear of driving, being scared to drive isn’t a normal thing either. It’s ok. Nobody is “normal” in every single aspect of their life. And lucky for you, a driving phobia is something that can be overcome. But first, you must admit that you have a problem, and be willing to work at fixing that problem.
Step two – Figuring out the source of your driving phobia
For some people, this step is easy. Maybe you had a bad traffic accident that you’re having trouble getting over. Maybe you lost a friend or family member to a car accident. Have you had some close calls that scared you? Is it claustrophobia? Perhaps you suffer from an anxiety disorder and the fear of driving is part of a larger issue? Maybe you have absolutely no clue why you’re so scared to drive? If that’s the case, your recovery will take a little bit more work. But you can, and you will, become a safe and confident driver as long as you’re willing to work at it.
Step three – Treatment
Yes, you have to actually treat the problem. Remember step one? You must admit that you have a problem. While you very well could treat this by yourself, the fact that you’re here and reading this probably means so far you’ve been unsuccessful. And unfortunately, I can’t solve your driving anxiety by posting simple steps on a website. The good news is, you don’t have to see an expensive psychiatrist, either. Your treatment lies somewhere in the middle.
Be sure to also read the Defensive Driving Section of this website. It will absolutely make you a safer driver and might help build confidence. With a little work and effort on your part, you can truly live the freedom that everyone else enjoys. Get rid of that driving anxiety. You can do it!