Almost 5% of the population suffer from amaxophobia, especially people between 20 and 40. Women tend to be more subject to this phobia : almost one out of two.

For more than 30 years, virtual reality therapies have proved their efficiency in anxiety disorder’s care and in particular in specific phobias such as the fear of driving. A gradual and progressive virtual reality exposure reduces your anxiety in this situation.

« Virtual reality has shown 80% of efficiency, and the benefits are maintained for more than a year after the therapy. » Eric Malbos, Psychiatric doctore

C2Care, virtual reality therapeutic software world leader since 2015, makes available the possibility to expose yourself directly at homeTo overcome this fear, psychological assistance is made to give you cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques and with virtual reality exposure

Environnement C2Drive VR

Why treat amaxophobia in virtual reality?

VRET (Virtual Reality Exposure Therapies) are based on Cognitive-Behavioral therapies (CBT). You are being exposed to a situation similar to reality using a virtual reality headset.

You are going to be confronted, gradually, to many different environments. Therefore, you will be driving a virtual car through some anxiety-provoking roads (highways, cities, tunnels, bridges…) in safety.

The exposure can be reiterated as needed to create the habituation and make the anxiety disappear.

Fear of driving C2Drive - Bridge
Fear of driving in tunnel
Fear of driving highway
Virtual reality fear of driving

How does it work ?

You receive a virtual reality headset with unlimited access to the software. If you already have your headset, you can directly have access to the software. You are able to expose yourself in various environments linked to amaxophobia (highways, tunnels, countryside roads…)

Simultaneously, twice a month, you have appointments with a psychologist to help you with your anxiety. During these consultations, you are using the virtual reality headset. It’s helpful to discuss and to understand more about your amaxophobia, and to have useful tools to handle your anxiety. The exposure is gradual and adapted to your needs and to your anxiety.  

At the end of the 3 months subscription, you can keep going on the therapy if you want to.

Guillaume L. 35 years old

When I was young, I was a passenger in a car, and I had an accident. It was terrifying and it’s still following me today. I have refused to get my driving license because of that. Once I found out that I was going to be a father, it became a handicap. I have realized that I didn’t want to create difficulties for my whole family just because of my fear of driving. While waiting for our baby I started psychotherapy, and I was exposing myself in virtual reality situations. I already feel less anxious to do my first driving hour in a few days.

Camille N. 28 years old

I have started to feel anxious on highways without really knowing why. I was afraid of other drivers. I was actually also afraid of myself. I wasn’t self confident at all about my driving abilities, and little by little I have started to avoid them all. I wish to recover my self confidence, and I have decided to try virtual reality therapy because I thought that it was a good option for a soft start. Today, I am getting better at understanding my fear and handling my anxiety, thanks to psychotherapy.

Emilie P. 39 years old

“I was living in a big city when I got my driving license, so I didn’t practice much. Once my family and I moved out, driving wasn’t an option. But I sadly realized that it was impossible for me to drive again. For years, I was living with that fear, but I didn’t want to keep that fear going on. I have two kids, and I didn’t want my kids to endure this situation any longer : I couldn’t bring them to school or to the sports club. I have started home-based therapy, and the psychologist who’s following me helps me face my fears. Little by little, I rebuilt my self-confidence toward these situations, and I learned how to handle my anxiety.”