10 Ways To Spot Car Phobia – Why Amaxophobiacs Keep Their Fear Secret

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WeLoveAnyCar.com calls for greater understanding of the little known world of Amaxophobiacs – people with a phobia of travelling by car. Amaxaphobiacs will do anything to avoid a car and more to keep others knowing their secret.

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Car phobia sufferers will seek to adjust their life to avoid the prospect of even having to get into a car.

Travel by car in the western world is virtually unavoidable. Yet there are a small number of people who suffer in silence – because they dread the thought of getting into any type of automobile.

10 Ways To Spot Car Phobiacs – Are you an Amaxophobiac?

If you can tick a number of the following when thinking of travelling by car then you, or someone you know, may have a car phobia.

1.    Severe heart palpitations
2.    Feeling faint
3.    Nausea and vomiting
4.    Sweating excessively
5.    Dry throat
6.    Unable to breathe properly
7.    Trembling limbs
8.    Hearing or sight impairment
9.    Loss of sense of reality
10.    Thoughts of losing control while driving

Amaxophobia can make a rational, sensible and well-adjusted person crumble with the thought of sitting in a car. The prospect of a car journey – even days away – can cause signs of stress and adverse physical reaction.

Car phobia sufferers will seek to adjust their life to avoid the prospect of even having to get into a car. Many will move to cities where public transport is readily available.

Some Amaxophobiacs will invent complex reasons, excuses and scenarios to avoid car journeys all together. This will often hamper their social life and can lead to isolation.

A WeLoveAnyCar.com spokesman said, “Many phobias are manageable. People with a fear of cats, for example, aren’t too embarrassed to tell others, cats can be avoided and often this becomes a loveable ‘quirk’ amongst friends. However, Amaxophobiacs will hide their fear as travelling by car is the norm in any western society. People with car phobia could be singled out as strange, weak willed, odd and unusual yet it’s not their fault.”

Often people with car phobia will have other phobias but not always. Amaxophobia may also be caused by an event such as a car crash and is therefore a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder. A number of counsellors and specialists are available to help but this may be at a high cost. Many sufferers will feel too embarrassed to ‘come out’ about their unusual fear of an everyday way to get from A to B.

WeLoveAnyCar.com spokesman said, “We named our site because many people love their car for many reasons, not just the practical benefits but the freedom, independence, identity and status a car can give. In over 108,000 car reviews - from Ford reviews to Ferrari reviews – over 18% of car reviewers actually included the word ‘love’ in their comments. However, there could be someone you know with this debilitating phobia and motorists the world over must consider how they can help.”

WeLoveAnyCar.com would like to credit a number of internet sites including Wikipedia, Psydoctor and Pe2000 for information. Amaxaphobiacs are encouraged to speak to professionals specialising in the treatment of phobias to help them conquer their car related fears.


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