Fear of motorways causes stress for drivers

posted on Apr 11 2017 by Karen Liggett

Fear of motorways causes stress for drivers

 
A third of all drivers admit to feelings of anxiety and stress when making a journey on a motorway or even just considering a trip that involves the use of a motorway. 
 
The survey, carried out by the RAC Foundation, also found that one in ten of drivers became so extremely anxious that they would drive significantly out of their way to avoid using the motorway. The fear of motorways is known as Motorway Anxiety Disorder or MAD. The symptoms include raised heart rate, raised blood pressure, excess sweating, tension headaches, stomach cramps and Insomnia. 
 
The effects of all this can cause sufferers to drive indecisively and erratically only reinforcing their fears, causing other drivers to become frustrated by their indecisive habits and consequently increase the likelihood of an accident.
 
It is recommended that suffers should:
  • Keep plenty of space around their vehicle
  • Use the motorways more regularly
  • Listen to music
  • Drive with a friend
  • Undertake post-test motorway training with an instructor.
 

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