Let’s face fact’s, drivers who feel confident and happy cruising down the motorway are a few and far between. The drivers who riskily slalom between three lanes of traffic are a rare breed now a days and the average driver would tend to go out of his/her way to avoid the motorway.
The AA driving school has revealed that this fear strikes one in seven motorists. That’s five million drivers convincing themselves that the ‘scenic’ route is the nicer option, even if it does add an extra 10 miles to the journey.
A lack of driving skills is named as the main culprit for these fears and the motoring school is launching a tailored motorway driving course.
The figures show it is young drivers and women who are by far the least confident on motorways with only 44 percent of women aged between 18 and 24 feeling confident about motorway driving. The figure increased to a staggering 65 per cent for drivers aged 55 to 64.
Hypnotherapist Helen James believes this driving phobia can be in the mind.
“The conscious mind knows there is no logical reason to fear motorway driving, but the subconscious mind has attached a fear and this subconscious fear over-rides it,” she says.
Hypnotherapy `takes away the attachment and any excessive emotions that may have come with it’.
Clients she has successfully treated include a formerly confident driver who had a near miss on a motorbike 15 years ago which severely dented his motorway driving confidence.
When forced to use one he became very anxious, rigid and fearful, especially when lorries came up behind him. After three hypnotherapy sessions he happily returned to being a confident and safe motorway driver.