Hi everyone I would like your advice on an issue. I had an embarrassing and what seems like paralyzing problem: I'm terrified of driving and getting lost. If I'm driving while someone else is in the car, I'm much more calm, but I absolutely hate driving by myself. My sense of direction is terrible and I go into a panic attack when I get lost or am unsure of where I'm going. Therefore, I never really ventured to drive to more than my job and school, which were both very close to my house.
I always let my friends and my boyfriend do the driving. I have a great sense of adventure, and I would definitely travel more if I didn't have this paralyzing fear. I have never gone on the freeway, because I am scared out of my mind to do so. Driver's Ed didn't go very well when I took it years ago, and I never really had the chance to practice driving that much (My mom passed away when I was young so my Dad had to take me driving to get all my hours in....he resented it and was very impatient....he always made me feel on edge). My Dad also pokes fun at my lack of directional sense, which really doesn't help me feel more secure about the matter.
Even when I have to go to the nearest town closest to my house, I feel panicky because I'm not familiar with driving there. This summer, my boyfriend and I would like to drive to each other's houses if we're still dating (about a 2 and a half hour drive), and I'm terrified to take the freeway and drive in the city. (we currently both live on campus).
I feel like my fear of driving alone and getting lost is stifling my independence; I'm 19 years old and I want to feel more self-reliant...I hate feeling like I have to look at others to take me places....
Do you have any ideas about how to overcome this fear?