Firstly, I will tell you that I have been somewhat claustrophobic since a child. Since being an adult and learning to drive I have managed to handle this situation in vehicles and most of my life. Over the last couple of years though I am finding quite regularly,that on extended trips, it feels like I can't swallow properly, we always travel with water, have told my husband it is because my throat gets itchy, but I have it to distract from the choking sensation. Anyway, yesterday we decided we would take our car to car wash, was covered in bugs from a long road trip. It is a drive in car wash, you know where the car sits still and the machines work around it. Signs everywhere say, "do not get out of your car". The wash had no sooner started and I got very anxious, I don't know why, but it came on very quickly. I tried to act casual and talk to my husband but then I said, "I have to get out of here!" He said, "what do you mean, you can't get out!" I told him, "There is a door, I am getting out," and I jumped out and ran to the door just missing the sprayer, that door led to another and then I was outside. I honestly felt that I was going to start screaming if I didn't get out of there. Waiting the 5 minutes for him to get out of wash gave me time to catch my breath and my heart rate slowed down a bit but then I was quite embarrassed. I got back in the car and we came home, changed vehicles and went for a short drive to checkout some fishing spots. I was not anxious anymore and felt OK in vehicle, but was not myself. I don't know what happened or why, my husband couldn't believe I had done it and is still trying to figure out what triggered it. So loopies, anyone ever done that before? Still feeling disturbed by it.