Who Am I?

Hi! My name is Diane Curtis and I’m an Advanced ADI Grade A (Approved Driving Instructor), who specialises in Vehophobia.

What is Vehophobia?

Vehophobia is the fear of driving. Those suffering from this experience crippling driving anxiety whenever they are behind the wheel of a car. It is a very real and prevalent issue many people experience, sometimes after suffering a car accident. This is technically a form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

However, some people can develop vehophobia after experiencing a panic attack that took place while driving, though they had no issues with driving prior to this attack. But because of the way the brain works, it latches itself to the experience of driving and so the brain tells you it’s driving that is the problem. The brain is trying to protect you and tells you it wants to get away from what you’re doing. If this has happened while on the motorway for example, it relates it to motorway driving. From thereon you avoid motorways, and if left unchecked this can escalate to other roads and become problematic, in not completely debilitating.

As a driver trainer I will ensure your driving is as competent and safe as it can be without overloading you.

Who do I work with?

Anyone who can relate to the experiences above.
Anyone who deliberately chooses longer routes just to avoid motorways, dual carriageway, open straight roads, steep down hills or even bridges.
Anyone who cancels meetings, turns down a job, say you’re ‘double booked’ to a family gathering or a friends' get-together all because the thought of driving fills you with dread and fear.

Who do I work with?

Anyone who can relate to the experiences above.
Anyone who deliberately chooses a longer route just to avoid motorways, dual carriageway, open straight roads, steep down hills or even bridges.
Anyone cancels a meeting, turns down a job, say you’re ‘double booked’ to a family gathering or a friends’ get-together all because the thought of driving there fills you with dread and fear.

The Problem

This is debilitating! Let alone inconvenient, exhausting and it’s costing you! It’s effecting your relationships. It’s costing you employment opportunities. It’s costing a fortune in taxi and train fairs. You feel alone and embarrassed. But there’s hope…

How can I help?

What if you had the tools to help you feel empowered to go WHEREVER and WHENEVER YOU want to. What would that feel like?

I can’t land you that dream job or guarantee to help your relationship, but I can help to give you the coping strategies to quieten the anxious chatter of the mind so you can feel more confident and competent while driving.

 

As a driver trainer I will ensure your driving is as competent and safe as it can be without overloading you.

What are the benefits of investing your time with me?

I’ve been working in the driver education industry for nearly 20 years. I’m an advanced driver trainer and I have been working with vehophobic clients for many years. Through a client centred learning approach, I have coached many phobic / highly anxious drivers to feel more comfortable and confident on roads they would previously have done anything to avoid.

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