You can also try practicing deep breathing or listen to quiet music while you drive to help you stay calm. So let s go back to driver s ed of sorts just without the teenage acne or the gym teacher in the passenger s seat.
Fear of driving however something that you ve learned or picked up through experience.
How to get rid of your fear of driving. Alternatively ask a low key friend or family member to ride with you and let them know how they can help. It is what you call a conditioned response. Your guide to overcoming panic worry compulsions and fear a step by step self help audio program break free from anxiet y a coloring self help book for anxiety sufferers and the emetophobia manual for those who suffer with the fear of vomit.
If your fear of driving is disrupting your life you should get medical or psychological treatment. But you don t have to go from zero to sixty you knew that one was coming instead work your way back slowly. Driving should be something that you enjoy doing and not something to fear.
Know when to see your doctor. You must be familiar with the phrase use it or lose it. If your fear of driving is mostly about panic attacks the way to solve this problem is to learn how to better handle panic attacks.
You can overcome your fear of driving easily by trying any of the above tips. Ken goodman lcsw treats anxiety and ocd in los angeles. For others the fear can be so bad that they need to get counseling to figure out why they are so afraid and learn how to deal with it.
Fear of driving for new or occasional drivers. If you have panic attacks in situations other than driving it might help to start with a situation in which your role is more passive perhaps waiting in a long line or walking through a crowded mall. Every time you get behind the wheel you make your fear of driving even stronger.
No matter your version of driving fear the cure will be getting back on the road. And using an instructor s expertise to get rid of the bad ones can reduce fear and lead to more confidence behind the. If your fear of driving relates specifically to using motorways fast dual carriageways or other high speed scenarios there is help at hand.
How you re reinforcing your anxiety. It s extremely normal to feel apprehensive about heading out onto motorways and their 70mph speed limits especially as there s currently no requirement to navigate them during your driving lessons or test. If you re unsure who to ask for help contact your doctor who should be able to put you in touch with trained professionals.
To get over a fear of driving make short trips on quiet roads until you re more comfortable and confident. He is the author of the anxiety solution series. You may work with your doctor a psychologist a psychiatrist or a counselor trained in.