There are people who become incapacitated due to a phobia of being behind the wheel, thus isolating themselves as well as costing them a fortune in commuting and taxi costs. As opposed to the fear or bridges and washing, or gephyrophobia and ablutophobia, the fear of driving has no known medical terminology. These fears can subject to anything involving vehicles such as opening the door, specific roundabout avoiding, and eliminating the need to turn right by taking different routes.
An author to a new book and a recovered driving phobic, Joanne Mallan’s book about overcoming your fear of driving, states that it is practically unknown how many people really have the phobia of driving. “It’s a hidden fear, although it is found everywhere,” states Mallan. “When I bring up my writing, I hear many people say, I felt I was the only one.”
Because the circumstances involving a fear of driving are not clearly indicated and are still in its infancy in terms of the number of people affected in the country, and the degree or repercussions of their fear.
Although there is not much research on this topic, in the year of 2011, a survey found that under certain circumstances at least a third of Hispanics with their licenses were afraid to drive. Some past incidents are where the roots of the phobia come from. Mallan had found herself behind the wheel when her breaks failed, and at the age of four lying on a dual carriageway after falling out of a vehicle.
This may be the same case with other people, as the survey indicated that the main cause of the fear of being behind the wheel is trauma from severe experiences while driving or as a car passenger. Other factors may involve family members that had a traumatic experience while driving or being in a car.