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I Am Afraid of Driving

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    Is It Worth It?

    My friends, girlfriend, and especially family keep harassing me about when I'm going to try and get my license again. I have a bunch of very reasonable excuses ready for discussions like that, but the bottom line is a resounding **** NO. The idea of driving terrifies me, and they...
    KA3K KA3K 22-25, M 1 Response May 4, 2012

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    Terrified

    On April 22nd 2010, two days after my license, I got into a car accident. At first, when I had my permit, I'd drive around fine with my Dad. I was comfortable. I faild my first driving test because the instructor was an ******* and made me extremely nervous. He'd say "turn on the...
    arstyanna arstyanna 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 30, 2011

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    I Probably Never Will.

    I seriously don't think I'm ever going to drive... I just find the whole idea of it so scary and not for me. Like I know I would probably end up in an accident because I wouldn't be paying attention to the road... >.<
    KawaiiDoll KawaiiDoll 18-21, F 4 Responses May 11, 2011

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    It's Ruining My Life...

    I am currently almost 25 years old and have had my liscence for almost three years now. I didn't get it at first because we were poor and didn't even have a car to drive and no one ever offered to teach me. Then I moved out and couldn't afford a car so what was the point. Finally...
    scaredshitlesstodrive scaredshitlesstodrive 22-25 May 2, 2012

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    Over-stimulated?

    I can't drive very well. I think it's because there's too much stimualtion around me. I mean, when you think about it, there's so much going on in the outside world, so many things to take in. I often feel this way when I'm driving. How in the world am I supposed to pay attention...
    peachy12 peachy12 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 23, 2011

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    I Am Afraid Of Driving

    When I took drivers ed I was really excited to get my license, I passed the class and had my first in car session. When we started I thought it was going to be my driving around a little and learning how to get the hang of it, but no , the lady took me on the roads during rush...
    gnicole1045 gnicole1045 18-21, F Nov 13, 2013

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    I Cringe,even Thinking of It

    I'm scared of driving,and I'm tired of feeling less than human for not driving.I used to drive a bit,but over time I just stopped.I feel like a failure,and I find myself explaining my phobia to people and it makes me feel like ****.Who are they to make me feel so...
    darkwildflower darkwildflower 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 26, 2008

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    I was driving on a bridge one day

    while it was snowing and I spun out and hit the side of the bridge going 45 mph. Both air bags went off and I just remember covering my face and letting it happen. I "came to" three lanes over with my car parked. Totaled my car. I walked away with just a sore body but ever since...
    irisggd irisggd 18-21, F Jan 30

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    And I Think I Have a Right to Be

    My sister passed away when she was younger (as was I) from a car accident.  Ever since then I have been afraid of driving.  When I was growing up and it was about time to get my license, I didn't really care to have it.  All of my friends were excited and couldn't...
    sexypink18 sexypink18 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 12, 2008

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    Driving Terrifies Me

    When I was 15, my sister got into a very horrible car accident. She overreacted while going a high rate of speed. She hit a bush hard enough to take out the driver side window. We waited three days to confirm that she was brain dead. I think that it affected me more than I had...
    cthuluwhovian cthuluwhovian 22-25, F Jan 8, 2013

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    Almost 18 and Losing Teen Freedom From Fear of Driving.

    I started drivers education when I was 15yrs and 9 months old. I really liked driving and I recieved my permit. Now for some reason, I am too scared to even sit in the drivers seat of a car. I refuse to drive. I am now almost 18 years old and have not practiced at all with my...
    YelhsaAngel YelhsaAngel 18-21 Jul 10, 2008

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    Do Not Want to Drive

    I am 26 and a pretty average person-except I have never gotten my driver's license. I hate to drive! It has really started to affect my life negatively. I'm not longer in college and its so hard to be independent when I cannot drive myself anywhere that I need to go. It...
    annettechapman annettechapman 26-30 1 Response May 15, 2009

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    Brutally Aware Of My Own Mortality

    I was fine with the concept of driveing at first, till my drivers ed class. Kept shoveing it in our face how horribly it can go how bad it can get hurt, ive never belived i was invencible you could say im brutally aware that im not and it seems terrifying the road rage the fact i...
    tickertock tickertock 18-21, M Oct 4, 2013

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    A woman who is afraid of driving – the men

    would chuckle amongst themselves, and other women would tsk-tsk for me living up to the stereotypes (Don't you just hate that? Getting attacked on both fronts!). But they don't matter – I know that I had good reasons to be afraid. Growing up in a “traditional” (read...
    EmmaLong EmmaLong 26-30, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Never Reached Out For Help Before Today

    Wow. I cannot fathom how I got to be 40, have been petrified of driving since I became eligible for a permit and it NEVER occurred to me till last night that there might be some sort of support group out there for people like me. My story is that I think I picked up my fear of...
    mothercary mothercary 36-40 3 Responses Jul 21, 2011

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    Afraid Of Driving

    i was in a very bad car accident when i was 16. my friend was driving she was 18 and just learned to drive. it was winter and were turning a corner and hit some black ice. we slid down an embankment and the car flipped a few times and finally landed on the roof. i wasn't wearing...
    karzme karzme 36-40, F May 11, 2012

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    Don't Have A License

    I really want to drive because it seems like you so much freedom. You can wherever you want to go, whenever you want to go (if gas is cheap enough, you have a reliable car, etc....lol). But I'm afraid to drive. People are friggin' maniacs when it comes to driving. Where I live...
    BlankPage123456787 BlankPage123456787 70+, F Dec 26, 2011

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    I Just Feel Overwhelmed

    I can't bare the idea of being behind a wheel. I managed to get my driving license 3 years ago, with a lot of pressure from my sister, who took the classes with me. I hated the instructor and every single lesson. I had to do my driving exam twice and I only passed it because the...
    thyristor thyristor 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 11, 2008

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    My Driving Demon Needs to Be Defeated

    I am a 45 year old woman who does not drive. I was an child with epilepsy so driving was naturally a scary prospect. All my doctors told me not to learn. My brother got into a terrible accident and when he came home he said "I will never drive again". I was ten. I...
    miasperanza miasperanza 46-50, F 3 Responses Feb 24, 2009

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    Freak Out

    i am so scared of learning to drive, my hubby has given me a few lessons up at davidstow airfield, and i am fine as long as nothing happens, i mean the pot holes freak me out, the water that seats quite deep on some bits of the airfield freaks me outs, other cars coming freaks me...
    jossiemarie jossiemarie 22-25, F Apr 28, 2008

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    What's There to Be Afraid Of?

    I'm nearly 27 years old and I didn't get down to starting my driving lessons until two months ago. If it weren't for my mom I still wouldn't be anywhere near getting behind the steering wheel of a car. I tried practising a bit with my mom right after I turned 18, but I wound up...
    Altena Altena 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 17, 2009

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    I Crossed the Road, But....

    Just the risk is enough for me. At night you could hit anything - or anyone. Even in day you could hit something, that's what scares me. That you could end someone's life. An ad on my radio truly secured this fear, at first I thought it would be about drunk driving but it wasn't...
    Luangi Luangi 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 21, 2007

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    Everyone Makes Me Feel Like a Moron...

    Because I've done very little driving, and have never had any real deep desire to get my drivers license. (sp?) It's not that I don't want to drive at all or that im lazy, or co-dependent...I just can't make myself feel comfortable behind the wheel no matter how...
    paganpretty1 paganpretty1 21-25, F Jan 22, 2008

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    Still Afraid, Still Can't Help It

    It was about seven years ago when an idiot changed lanes in front of us while she was driving on the freeway. There was barely room for him between us and the car in front of us, and tons of room behind us and in front of the other car. All of us were speeding in the fast lane...
    StuckSilent StuckSilent 22-25 Feb 12, 2013

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    Wasn't Afraid Until After My Driving Test

    I actually had no fear of driving until I went to go take my driving test. I was passing with flying colors and hadn't racked up a single point on anything including parallel parking. Then I went to go make my final left turn across the intersection. It was storming that day and...
    arenia arenia 18-21 Oct 24, 2010

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    A Painter'S Red

    This is a poem I wrote for English class, and I sincerely am very proud of it. It sums up why driving is terrifying to me, and so much more I'd rather you discover than me have to explain...
    ForgottenAvenue ForgottenAvenue 16-17, F Jun 24, 2013

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    Iam 44 and

    I am 44 i cant drive when you tell people that they look at you like you hve a 3d head or something ive got dexlica and i pannic when i see other cars passing me i freak out
    lunnas lunnas 41-45, F 2 Responses Jul 25, 2008

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    There Is No Reason For This, I Just Am.

    I have the irrational fear of driving in big cities, especially ones I'm not familiar with. I hate the speeds, I hate the interstates, I hate the other drivers. I am especially fearful of on and off ramps. I don't know why. It intensifies in bad weather too. I have had...
    thefragile77 thefragile77 36-40 1 Response Jun 17, 2013

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    It Scares Me

    being in a big machine that could blow up/catch on fire/kill me and having to deal with other drivers that just might be crazy scares me. also driving at night scares me.
    cassandrathethinkerbleedsteal cassandrathethinkerbleedsteal 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 1, 2007

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    I can drive actually.

    .. But I can't park! Especially parallel parking. Nightmare!
    applemuffin710 applemuffin710 26-30, F Apr 1

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    Scary

    My family  thinks I just don't want to drive because I'm lazy or something.  It's not laziness, it's fear.  People die in car accidents every day and I don't want to be one of them.  Turning the wheel just a little too much or going just a little too fast...
    fiskepudding fiskepudding 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 30, 2007

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    I Can't Even Do It...

    I'm deathly afraid of it. I'm even starting to get panicy while other people are driving too. I get scared when going across long bridges or overpasses. Whenever I get behind the wheel of a car I get dizzy, my heart beats at an abnormal speed, I have trouble breathing, and my...
    pinkspikes pinkspikes 22-25, F 15 Responses Nov 30, 2007

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    Everyone Makes Me Feel Like a Moron...

    Because I've done very little driving, and have never had any real deep desire to get my drivers license. (sp?) It's not that I don't want to drive at all or that im lazy, or co-dependent...I just can't make myself feel comfortable behind the wheel no matter how...
    paganpretty1 paganpretty1 21-25, F 8 Responses Jan 22, 2008

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    Its the Responsibility That Scares Me

    knowing the road toll and everything, being behind the wheel of a big heavy chunk of metal. i'm scared of the power and responsibility
    tearaway tearaway 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 26, 2008

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    I'm 16 and 7 months now

    and unlike most kids my age, I did not hurry towards a license, for the main reasons of 1)I have a terrible sense of direction and would probably get lost all the time 2) I have this intense phobia of hitting and killing someone and having to live with it for the rest of my life...
    rawanabanana rawanabanana 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 9

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    You Ruined Driving For Me

    Last year on December 22nd, I left work on my way to pick up pie for Christmas dinner later that week...this idiot fails to yield, hits me almost head on & totals my car! Luckily I got out with just bruised ribs, big knot on my forehead & banged up knees so for that I am thankful...
    fuzzybottom fuzzybottom 41-45, F 2 Responses Dec 6, 2011

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    It's not just driving I'm afraid of.

    A little over a month ago I got in to a wreck that caused my lung to collapse, my teeth to be knocked out... my nose was broken and I needed a staple in my head. I totaled my car and I haven't driven since. Lately I've just been crying in private. It's really brief; I'm not...
    kathernmcrae kathernmcrae 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 19, 2013

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    Hi

    I used to be afraid of driving.  Terrified really.  I wanted no part of it and totally skipped out on the driving thing when I was a teen.  However, I got forced into it when a great job opened up about an hour away from my house.  I bought a truck and learned...
    HumphreyTungsten HumphreyTungsten 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 30, 2007

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    Totaled Three Cars

    I have totaled three cars in three years. I am now being sued by the guy in the last accident because he got a cut on his forehead and had to get a couple stitches. After that I have stopped driving and it has been nearly a year since I last drove and have no intentions of...
    suicidalloser183 suicidalloser183 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 2, 2012

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    I Just Can't Do It

    Everytime I try to drive I shake! I want to drive because I feel like it would be amazing to get where you want to go without having to get someone to take you, but DANG! It just freaks me out! Ugh!
    cassieleann22 cassieleann22 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 15, 2012

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    I'M 15

    I had a very good day not depressed. I had my first day of drivers Ed. I'm so happy I made a new friend. We talked and laughs and had lots of fun. But Im really scared to drive
    madisonhenson13 madisonhenson13 16-17, F 3 Responses Nov 12, 2013

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    And I'll be sixteen in a little over a month.

    Joy of joys. Let's see if my constant nightmares about this become a reality.
    Naxxaras Naxxaras 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 28

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    I'm Terrified Of Driving

    When I was 16 I took driver's ed, drove around with the instructor and didn't really like it. We couldn't afford the increase in insurance if I got my license, so I never took the test. Now I'm almost 19, and I've started having panic attacks even thinking about driving. When I...
    yeahjazzy yeahjazzy 18-21 1 Response Aug 18, 2012

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    Frustraiting Fear

    I've always been nervous about learning to drive. And I've always had a fear of getting hit by a car. I still wanted to learn to drive though. But when I was almost hit by a car in January of this year, I changed my mind! I'm terrified of crossing streets and of any moving...
    mimsy2 mimsy2 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 31, 2008

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    .afraid Of Driving

    i was in a bad car accident when i was 16. a friend of mine just learned how to drive she was 18. it was winter and we were turning a curve and skid on some black ice. the car went down an embankment and flipped a few times. landed with roof down. i was in the backseat with no...
    karzme karzme 36-40, F 2 Responses May 14, 2012

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    #%$!!*@

    I got my license last year at the end of summer, drove twice alone (with trepidation), and then went to a different city for school, not having a car. When I returned home in June, the car's registration had expired, and we never got around to registering it until this week. My...
    PenguinPie PenguinPie 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 25, 2011

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    I am afraid or driving

    because my mother got into an accident when she was about 8 month pregnant with my brother 18 years ago. My brother died and my mother is paralyzed. I have also gotten into a car accident myself when I was 9-10, that was the ONLY time I ever decided to put my seatbelt on before...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 11

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    It's Not That I Can't Drive,i'm Worried About Everyone Else On The Road...

    I never really wanted to learn how to drive so I waited until I was in my late twenties.When I moved to a small town with no bus service and a small baby I was forced into an uncomfortable situation.I always drove carefully and never had any accidents but I still felt like I didn...
    eklectikceliac eklectikceliac 41-45, F 4 Responses Apr 16, 2011

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    Scared...

    I`m 18 years old i got my permit almost two years ago when i was 16. my grandparents keep on and on at me about driving and learning. So i did what I had to do to get my permit. Ever since i go it my Uncle, boyfriend, Grandparents, best friend, my mom, and even my little brother...
    Chelleybear Chelleybear 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 29, 2012

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    Starting Somewhere...

    Only just began driving some in the past couple months. I'm 25 and engaged to be married so now I feel like it's a sink or swim situation. Still don't have my license. I don't see how we could have a healthy marriage if I am not independent. I know it is something I have to do if...
    Tmc616 Tmc616 26-30, F Sep 16, 2013

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    Under Pressure

    Society has this popular belief that you absolutely have to have a driver's license. In a small town that might be helpful, but where there is public transportation you might as well use it. I'm 21 years old in 8 days and I still don't have my license. Mostly because I don't...
    RustedTampon RustedTampon 18-21, F Sep 20, 2012

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