A fear of driving is a phobia that’s been given a number of different names: amaxophobia, hamaxophobia, or motorphobia. It is the persistent and intense fear of driving or riding in a car.
“People experience the fear differently. Some people fear driving in a particular situation, like driving over a bridge, through a tunnel, at night, at high speeds, changing lanes or merging. Others fear being a passenger in a vehicle,” says Barend Smit, marketing director of MotorHappy, a supplier of motor management solutions and car insurance options.
“If you leave this phobia untreated, it can obviously become disruptive to your daily routine.”
Not surprisingly, one of the most common causes of amaxophobia is having been involved in a car accident. The fear can also be triggered by witnessing an accident in real life or in a movie, or even knowing someone who was involved in a traumatic accident.