| | Driving Phobia
i'm new to this board. i was wondering if anyone has a fear of driving? if so, how do you handle it. I have a driving phobia and I really want to overcome it. It gets in the way of my job hunting, running errands, and visiting friends and family. It's hard to always rely on public transportation and my husband. I want the freedom and independence of driving. But in the past I've started to panic, maybe even have a panic attack (not sure) when trying to drive. And it isn't safe to drive when you're freaking out and crying and your vision is going blurry. I've had the fear since trying to learn to drive at 16. Finally got my license at 18 but was too scared to ever drive anywhere. Now in my 30's and still scared to drive. I tried to take driving lessons several years ago and was finally able to drive with my driving instruction who had a wheel and brake on his side of the car. But when I tried to drive alone I would panic again. And I'm also bad with directions and fear getting lost. My husband has tried taking me to parking lots to practice a couple times in the past, and we plan on trying some more. But I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced this and how they handled it? Thank you!