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Drving on motorway phobia

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mousemole Tue 29-Jul-08 12:15:58

does anyone else have a motorway driving phobia ? Just after DS1 was born I drove on the M25 ( my first bout of driving post c section) and had a massive panic attack in the fast lane. I was tired and wrung out and shouldn't have been at the wheel really. Since then i have a terrible fear of motorway driving and dual carraiges. I have been on a DC once and it was a white knuckle ride for me for the whole 2 miles. I have had 3 sessions of CBT and the therapist says I now need to 'get out and drive'. easier said than done. This phobia is really restricting me and I hate it. The panic I feel is liek I am going to pass out at the wheel and kill everyone in the car. Help please.

bruxeur Tue 29-Jul-08 12:25:11

How about some advanced driving lessons? Some instruction from an experienced teacher may help, and you may need a refresher if you're still calling it the "fast lane".

abouteve Tue 29-Jul-08 12:31:57

Yes I also have this phobia. I sometimes have to force to myself on drive on the motorway or we wouldn't get anywhere. A couple panic attacks I had are exactly as you describe, only I'm OK on dual carriageways.

A also fear having a panic attack ifswim.

I suffer from vertigo so the worse time is when I have to drive over a bridge. I get dizzy and feel as though the car is going to veer off.

Its strange because I'm a reasonably good driver. I hope you can find a solution and would be interested to know how to overcome it.

ThePettyandIllinformedGoat Tue 29-Jul-08 12:35:01

you do just have to get on and do it. choose a time when you are not tired and the motorway is v. quiet. don't have your children in teh car and take a calm sympathetic person in the passenger seat.

you will be fine. people don't really want to drive into you.

themoon66 Tue 29-Jul-08 12:40:54

Try driving on one at 6am on a Sunday morning perhaps?

Where do you live?

I hate 'down south' motorways like M25 and bottom end of M1 and always let DH drive those bits.

I'm okay once I get north of Peterborough. The driving seems more civilised and less pushy and scary.

Luckily I live in Lincolnshire grin

mousemole Tue 29-Jul-08 12:40:59

abouteve, funny what you say about bridges as i dread them and any edges when driving too. The irony is I used to LOVE driving before kids. Bruxeur, someone else suggested advanced driving lessons which I think I will investiagte. 'Fast lane', 'Outside lane' whatever you call it, you know the one I mean ! The Petty, I am not scared of other people driving into me, more of me fainting at the wheel through a panic attack and causing a huge pile up.

mousemole Tue 29-Jul-08 12:44:45

themoon, yes I live 'down south' so all the motorways and even dual carriageways are hideous ( especially the A3). However we are moving to Edinburgh at the end of the month and I am hoping the m'ways and duals might be a bit quieter up there and enable me to get my confidence back. Someoene else said its a practice effect and that i need to try and drive on one every day for a few weeks.

bellabelly Tue 29-Jul-08 13:23:36

I get terrified about pulling onto the motorway. Once I'm on the motorway itself I am ok. Having said that, it's years since I've driven on one. I feel like a total wimp being scared of it when so many people drive on motorways all teh time without a second thought.

Iklboo Tue 29-Jul-08 13:24:38

How about a Pass Plus course? It'll cover motorways, night driving, country driving etc

mousemole Tue 29-Jul-08 13:36:33

bellabelly thats exactly how I feel - total fear as I approach the motorway and I feel a total wimp for not being able to do it. have you ever been able to drive on them ? Annoyingly I used to drive them all the time without a second thought !

bellabelly Tue 29-Jul-08 14:29:24

Yes mousemole I have driven on motorways quite a few times when it has been unavoidable. Have actually even driven on the German autobahn which I was terrified of doing - DH had twisted his ankle and couldn't drive for a couple of days. But I always feel stressed about actually getting onto the motorway. You have to build up a fair speed don't you and I just get really scared that there's going to be a car in teh slow lane that's not going to move over and let me in.

When it is DH driving and I'm just the passenger, I still feel a bit anxious about it but much less so.

mousemole Tue 29-Jul-08 16:10:01

strangely I am fine when other people are driving me on a motorway. I get this hideous feeling that I am going to pass out - tunnel vision, feeling shaky and sick etc.
Bizaarly i drove on a mmajorcan motorway and was fine ?!

smurfgirl Tue 29-Jul-08 16:21:13

I can definately recommend some motorway driving lessons, I just passed my test and had one as part of my pass plus and it was sooooo helpful, gave me loads of confidence because for that hour I knew someone was there to back my decisions up and he had the dual controls. Good luck xx

FioFio Tue 29-Jul-08 16:22:32

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