Driving phobias start for very similar reasons (usually raised background stress levels leading to panic) but because the initial set-up event will happen in different situations for different people, driving phobia becomes linked to different things for different people.
So driving phobias can attach to:
- Driving on wide open roads like multi-lane highways (most common)
- Major or trunk roads
- Small roads
- Hills (or even slight inclines up or down)
- High, mountainous roads
- Traffic lights
- Particular routes
- Overtaking (especially large or long vehicles)
- Being boxed in by heavy traffic
- Being tail-gated
- Being close to particular vehicles (usually large or high-sided ones)
Driving phobias often start on multi-lane highways and spread to dual carriageways, then to smaller roads restricting the routes, speed and distances that can be traveled.