We have all met someone who is anxious while driving. In its most serious condition, this fear leads to what psychology knows as amaxophobia. 33% of drivers worldwide suffer from this fear to some extent, with women being more likely to develop it. In Spain, it is estimated that 4% of drivers suffer from it, 87.5% of which are women and 12.5% are men.
The amaxophobia is the irrational fear to drive or the idea of having to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Clinically speaking it is cataloged as an anxiety disorder. It is very important to learn to calm down and a nice way to do it is by receiving an erotic massage. However, it is important to note that moderate fear of driving is not the same as this phobia. In this way, the problem arises when such emotion appears distorted, exaggerated, irrational and definitely uncontrolled.
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For most people, amaxophobia can be considered as temporary and unimportant, which can be resolved as the saying goes: “taking the bull by the horns in a critical situation.” This is because this phobia is confused with the fear that some novice drivers present, which according to practice are controlling the stress and gain safety in this activity. However, amaxophobia is more complex, since it harms the lives of those who suffer from it.
The first category is that of the newbies who just took out their driver’s license. As we mentioned before, this group suffers from a level of stress in driving that is gradually overcome with experience. This fear is normal and there is no need to worry about it. However, there is a small group (representing 3% of novice drivers) who are unable to control stress from the beginning and end up developing amaxophobia in the first two years.
In these cases, when individuals try to drive again they become really nervous and end up quitting. Díaz Caldero explains that in these people there is an “obsessive” concern for others and they can not stand to feel judged by the other users of the road. In Spain, this category represents 25% of amaxophobes.
Can experienced drivers be afraid too?
The second category is made up of more experienced drivers, who develop the phobia after suffering an episode of anxiety at the wheel, a crisis that coincides with some kind of stress in their life. On average it is people who have been driving for more than five years and who have never had symptoms.
In these cases there are two stages. In the first, those who suffer from it try to avoid at all costs the place where they suffered the crisis and, in the second, they develop a restlessness that causes them anxiety simply the idea of driving. This is the majority group, and in Spain represents 60% of those who suffer from this disorder.