Up to 35% of drivers experience limiting fears when driving. For some a natural caution which is healthy is at the level of a phobia. In some cases, the anxiety is constant and the person feels too frightened to drive or the fear of driving may escalate to a phobia during difficult driving situations, such as motorway driving or in congested traffic. Vehophobia, as it known, can be extremely limiting.
Case Study: A client came to me after having suffered vehophobia after having a panic attack while driving on a motorway, they felt that it was a lucky escape and they could have crashed. The fear that is may happen again meant that they avoided motorways, taking long routes around to get anywhere. When they got a new job, where driving distances was required, it became a real obstacle, not wanting to explain to colleagues why a straightforward journey up the motorway was taking so much longer (to avoid that motorway) they sought help from hypnotherapy. After just one session they found they could drive with a passenger and had skills to maintain a relaxed but alert approach, managing any sensations of anxiety as soon as they began. The next 2 sessions built on this success until they where able to drive on motorways and feel ‘back in control’ to a normal level. In 3 hours they were free to take the motorway after more than 25 years of detours!