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Driving phobia: Common cause of road accidents

Driving phobia: Common trigger of road accidents

Eng Ali al Barwani, road security professional and member of Oman Road Safety Association, stated considering of previous driving calamities can outcome in gruesome poor expertise.

“The most common cause of driving phobia is the memories of past car accidents. It can be horrific especially among ladies. When some drivers had met with or seen an accident, they tend to develop driving phobia and some never drive again. Also, driving in different conditions puts fear into the mind. The repetitive thoughts and fears of many scenarios may then cause the person to avoid driving but this makes the anxiety worse,” he stated.

Eng Barwani stated the worry of losing manage and lack of self-confidence might also lead to driving phobia. “If drivers start expecting what should not be expected, it makes the mind active in imagining the worst which is not healthy for driving. Drivers should try not to be victims of previous car accidents by imagining being in one. The imagination may end up in real accidents,” he stated.

He added that becoming nervous can make life tougher for drivers.

“Because of nervousness inexperienced drivers might make a mistake while driving; it can also cause fear of driving on highways or narrow roads or in bad weather conditions like rains. Fearful drivers should normally trust their own ability and they should not imagine the worst repeatedly,” he stated.

To steer clear of driving phobia, Eng Barwani stated, “Drivers need to understand their vehicles before getting behind the wheels. There is also a need to improve the way driving instructors teach new drivers. They need to learn more about defensive driving and this will improve their confidence. Keeping distance between cars is also something that can reduce stress that may lead to driving phobia. In some scenarios, driver fitness and fatigue may be factors too.”

A great quantity of individuals in Oman might be getting driving licences but they are by no means comfy driving. “I got my driver’s licence ten years ago but I am never comfortable driving. When I drive, I am always in fear of someone crashing into me. And most of the times, I think of accidents that occur on daily basis in Oman and then I begin to panic. However much I have tried to drive, I just can’t drive long distances,” stated Fathia Khalaf, a mother of 3.

Dr Yousuf Mirza, a psychiatrist primarily based in Muscat and Lahore, who has been practising in Oman for a extended time, stated that worry of driving impacts all elements of one’s life, from private to expert.

“Lack of confidence, new road layout, stress while driving, accidents witnessed and past accidents lead to driving phobia. In the modern world, driving is a necessity at work as well as for personal needs. When a driver’s fear pattern is triggered, it causes anxiety, and panic,” he stated.

“Thoughts revolving around negativities on the roads, anxiety, a rapid heart beat, being tense, feeling a throbbing headache, and panic while driving may be the common symptoms of driving phobia.”

He added that the issue can be dealt with by self-manage of the thoughts. Graded exposure and behaviour therapy or hypnotherapy by skilled therapists is an additional successful remedy.

“Medication for such type of phobia is best avoided as medicines may reduce alertness, cause drowsiness or slow the reflexes. Drivers should try to deal with this problem by reassuring themselves and their mind in a positive way. Drivers should not avoid driving due to fear and need to build up their confidence by continuing to drive. They can start by driving short distances and gradually increase the distance driven.”

Playing games with automobile simulations or automobile personal computer games can also assist the driver in becoming a lot more confident and overcome such phobias, Dr Mirza added.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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