How to beat the fear of driving?


If you are part of an auto school or have you just finished with it, and do not care about it, read some tips on how to overcome the fear of driving.

Driving a car for many is an integral part of everyday life. The number of vehicles on the roads is rising daily, but the number of traffic accidents and awkward situations grows.

With such unpleasant events occurring, those who have yet to appear with their cars on the roads, get a sense of fear and panic.

Many auto attendants are confronted with fear of driving before sitting for the first time behind the wheel. Individuals are going to pass the driving test from the first and routinely to gain a driver’s license, but never to be active drivers.

Why is that?

The main reason is the fear that occurs because of ignorance, but also because of unknown things, in this case in the traffic.

However, one thing is to be aware of the real driving risks, and another is to let the fear control you and influence you never to sit on a driving method in a car.

How does fear of driving increase?

To explain the fear of driving, you first need to explain how it appears.

Professor of Psychology, Stanley Rahman, in his theory of 1977, says that fear is acquired by one, two or a combination of three ways of learning.

The first way of learning tells us that we can gain fear through some direct experience or classical conditioning. Classical conditioning refers to connecting a neutral cause to an unpleasant event.

In this case, a car-neutral cause involved a car accident – an inconvenient event.

The second way of learning is by following the experiences of others.

The third way is gaining fear through experiences and information from others. Fear of driving increases with great vomiting. In individual extreme cases, dizziness and vomiting also occur. However, experts argue that such situations are not common.

What do research say?

Psychologist Ehlers and his associates tried to define fear of driving depending on the main thing that the individuals cited as the cause of phobia.

Three groups were formed on the basis of the research: The first group consists of persons who already had traumatic experiences, the other group consists of people with panic attacks and third with people suffering from agoraphobia (irrational fear of people who appear when they find themselves in places where escape is impossible, or in situations in which help does not arrive in time).

They found interesting results that showed traumatized people are at least worried about losing driving control. They are not even more concerned than other groups.

What do the instructors say about driving?

More and more drivers are faced with a “steering wheel phobia” that prevents them from sitting down behind the wheel, relaxing and driving normally. As a consequence of fear, they cite reasons to avoid being behind the wheel.

They are often called for bad weather and that they do not feel best.

Auto school instructors often meet with this type of people, in which fear prevails to a great extent. It is not uncommon for students to come with a great deal of fear primarily because of bad events that have happened to them in the past.

They say that they need to work calmly and slowly, step by step, to wipe out the fear with experience and knowledge. Experts say ignorance creates fear and tension that prevents us from reaching our goal. With greater knowledge comes experience, ie better and safer driving. Fear will disappear, and then we will be able to enjoy not only driving, but also in other day-to-day activities.


Psychologists can help drive away fear of driving.

Dr. Alan Ayentstat says that fear has four components: emotional, physiological, cognitive, and behavioral.

For the patient to successfully overcome fear, he must work on each of these components. It is done through relaxation techniques, how to think positively, but also how to manage the complicated road conditions.

The driver should be encouraged to drive more, first to set up easier tasks that will process them in traffic, and then gradually increase the “weight”.

Constant driving and of course the additional experience will help to overcome the fear successfully.


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