What is Driving Phobia?
Fear of driving is distinguished by the intense, often debilitating, fear it generates. At its worst it will end in a panic attack. So it’s way beyond driving nerves. This is hardcore white-knuckle fear.
What are the physical symptoms?
For some drivers these symptoms may start at a lower level sometime before actually driving, and persist for sometime afterwards.
For a small percentage of sufferers, some of the symptoms may also be experienced as a passenger.
Psychological Symptom Checklist
Before driving there maybe a build-up of dread and anxiety for hours or even days before a “big journey”, leading to sleeping problems and loss of appetite. When actually driving, psychological symptoms may include feeling that you:
- Might lose control
- Might do something stupid
- Might swerve
- Are being pulled or drawn to the left or right
- The car might tip over
- Have to focus and concentrate intensely
- Can’t tolerate distractions (engage in conversation, listen to the radio)