Why do so many people suffer with a fear of driving on freeways?

No-one really knows. But it is very common. It is believed that the problem may be due to the driver having no way of getting off and therefore feels as though they have no control. Similar to being in a room full of people and not being able to escape which can cause people to feel trapped and very anxious.

The University of Florida published a study some time ago showing that increased anxiety leads to performance deterioration behind the wheel as we become more easily distracted and scatterbrained.

It's amazing how many forums are advising people with a fear of driving to 'just get on with it'. Bit like the 'feel the fear and do it anyway'. If only it was so easy, right? If only these people had even a bare minimum of understanding about what you're experiencing they probably wouldn't be quite so flippant.

The reality is that when you're really fearful about doing something your normal response is to stay away from it. In some cases your fear of driving is very rational. Perhaps you've been involved in an accident either as a passenger or as the driver. Maybe you have a lousy sense of direction and are always getting lost so your anxiety while driving increases. That all makes sense.

However it may be that you are fine unless you have to drive over a bridge or on a freeway - or through a tunnel - but you have no idea why you're feeling this way. Not all of our fears are logical. In some cases the anxiety can increase to such an extent that you start to experience panic attacks when driving and that's really scary!

If you're experiencing any of these difficulties:

  • feeling anxious when on a main highway or motorway

  • losing concentration and becoming flustered when driving

  • anxious when in heavy traffic

  • panicky and claustrophobic when stuck in a traffic jam

  • refusing to drive if the weather isn't perfect (when it's raining for example)

  • fear of being on a busy freeway

  • anxious when driving over a bridge

  • fear of being in an accident

  • having a panic attack when behind the wheel of a car

  • refusing to get behind the wheel at all

  • any other anxieties

... you might want to consider seeking help.

So... how to overcome the fear of freeway driving?

The good news is that you can be helped. And it doesn't take very long at all to sort out your phobia of driving on a freeway.

I have successfully conducted many sessions via Skype so regardless of where you are in the world I can help you. All you need is an iPad, laptop or PC, a good internet connection, a Skype account (it’s free) and some privacy. Skype can be downloaded for a PC or Mac by clicking on the Skype logo immediately below or, if you have an iPad, going to iTunes and downloading the app. Sessions can also be conducted via FaceTime or Messenger.

If you would like to finally feel in control, calm and peaceful, please either email or call me on 0409 254 500 and we can arrange for you to come in for a free no obligation consultation or a chat via Skype. We can discuss your options and you will be able to get clear answers on any questions you may have. There is no obligation on either your part or mine!

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