What's Your Car Phobia?

Photo credit: Charles Williams
Photo credit: Charles Williams

This is something I probably shouldn’t admit publicly, but I will anyway. I have a deep-seated, irrational fear of anything electrical under the hood of a car. I’m especially fucking terrified of the battery. But I can’t be the only one with an automotive phobia. Gather around, everyone. It’s time to be vulnerable.


I think this may be a form of oikophobia, a term I just learned from searching for five seconds on Wikipedia. But I really am terrified of most forms of electricity, and the more powerful, the scarier. So when it comes to a car battery, I don’t even want to go near it. I’d rather call AAA to boost a dead battery than tinker with it myself.

Don’t get me wrong, I know how to do it. I’ve done it myself in the past, in moments of desperation. But I really hate doing it. I don’t want to die and/or have my fingers burned to a thorough crisp, and I don’t think that, in and of itself, is that irrational.

But still, I know that if you’re not being an idiot, it’s nothing to be afraid of at all. It’s not rational, it doesn’t make sense, but there it is. And I’m not sure there’s anything I can do about it.

What’s your irrational, deep-seated car phobia? It’s okay, you can tell us. Let’s be open among friends.



I am terrified of jack failure.

ETA - if we’re talking strictly the car itself, fan blades.