Ok, so I don't have an all out fear of driving. I drive all the time. LOCALLY. However, I am scared to death to drive on the highway, big roads, and unknown areas.

This fear has robbed me of a couple of good jobs because I was afraid to drive to a far away interview. Who knows how different my life would be if I could conquer this fear. People make fun of me because of this, and some people even get mad at me because I am afraid to drive an hour away to visit them.

I don't even know what it is exactly that I am afraid of. Maybe an accident, or a fear of getting lost, or breaking down on the side of the road. I don't know.

I drive on the highway in my own local city, but when it comes down to me having to drive in a big city, I feel like crying just thinking about it.

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2 Responses Apr 17, 2009

I am 41 yrs old and have anxiety of driving on highways . It wasn't always that way but when I look back I was always a nervous driver . As I have gotten older it has increased . Just recently had to pass on a good job due to this anxiety . So tired of feeling controlled by this way of thinking and feeling . Any advice on slowly overcoming this way ?

You have described me exactly! I am also 41 yrs. old. It seems that my problem has gotten worse over the last few years. I believe that it may be connected to driving faulty vehicles but I have always been kind of nervous anyway. I used to drive nervous anyway. But now I avoid highways as much as possible, especially at high speeds and down hills. The good news is that I almost gave up driving on roads but I now drive regularly with much more confidence. I also drive short distances on highways but I must conquer this fear. Please do keep me posted on your experience. Thank you so much for sharing!

I couldn't have written this better myself. I have an intense fear of interstates and my family and friends are constantly annoyed with me because of it. Not to mention that it is embarassing to me!