I Am Afraid of Driving

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 535 People

    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
    22-25, M
    1 Response Oct 4, 2013

    Anxiety is like a little demon

    that sits on my shoulder and whispers discouraging or disturbing things into my ear. When I'm driving, it gets a megaphone and gets hopped up on stimulants. It's an odd thing I guess for a teenager to be afraid to drive, all my classmates are so eager to get as far from their...
    deleted deleted
    May 23, 2015

    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

    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
    1 Response Aug 18, 2012

    I consider myself a great driver.

    I've had compliments and everyone always picks me as the driver but because I'm so cautious and my reaction speed always on high I'm so drained after a long day of driving and this I hate driving.
    dogpile86 dogpile86
    31-35, M
    Jul 5, 2014

    So I started driving lessons this time last year

    but was hit with some bad news and I could never focus on the roads . Now I'm 18 I've told my family I'll start driving again but I'm honestly terrified :(
    guessitsjustmexo guessitsjustmexo
    18-21, F
    May 2, 2014

    It kinda sucks when you're 20

    and can't drive. I get a bit freaked out when i try and so I take public transportation. I recently switched jobs and I have to drive a golf cart. I really want to stay there so now i have to suck it up and practice.
    angelheart96 angelheart96
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 3, 2015

    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

    I am 17 yet i dont know how to drive

    and i never will want to learn. Its not that im scared its just that i feel safer when i am not behind the wheel. What if i crash or get lost or i dont know which turn to take and i end up crashing? I just would prefer to take the bus/walk or just not go anywhere
    Insomniac77 Insomniac77
    18-21, M
    2 Responses May 22, 2014

    So I passed my test last month

    and a week after, I got my first car from my Dad. When I look back at my driving test, I did really well but I feel like it was a spot of luck as it went down similar roads that I've done on my lessons so I knew what to expect. My instructor's car was a diesel car and the clutch...
    loubylou93 loubylou93
    22-25, F
    Jul 20, 2015

    I want to drive but im scared im going to crash.

    I dont know how id react to driving on my own :(
    hamstereggs hamstereggs
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 9, 2015

    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
    22-25, F
    1 Response Dec 19, 2013

    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
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Feb 9, 2014

    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
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 22, 2008

    I do it every day, but I am a super careful

    driver most of the time. Cars can be so dangerous and not enough people realize just how dangerous they can be. I pay close attention to my surroundings (or try to) because I get kind of anxious in cars. Honestly it's worse when I'm the passenger. I'd rather drive than ride.
    lovingleila329 lovingleila329
    26-30, F
    Dec 19, 2014

    Juat drove at night for the first time(I have

    my perment license) xD It's so hard to see with people binding you haha.
    MyLostProperty MyLostProperty
    18-21, M
    May 9, 2015

    I'll be honest, the thought of learning to

    drive scares me. I tried at 17. I had a permit and passed the written test. The thing is not only do I have Cerebral Palsy, but I have Dyscalculia too. I remember being at the Rehab place, in a car that I was too short for, so they had to put a pillow underneath me. Because of...
    sweetstar1 sweetstar1
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Jul 5, 2014

    I have been in over 10 car accidents.

    I just want to enjoy driving and not be so anxious behind the wheel.
    maddiejuliet maddiejuliet
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Aug 4, 2014

    I have been afraid of driving

    for a very long time now. I have always said how I will end up taking public transportation when I grow up and how that's less expensive than owning a car and driving with your life at risk every day.
    iholland95 iholland95
    22-25, F
    Jul 9, 2014

    I'm getting over it but I ****** up today

    driving with my dad and I went home crying cause I'm so sick of this :( makes me look like an idiot but really I've just been avoiding driving. I mixed up the gas/break on my first drive ever and my mom gave me ish about it. Idk why but that made me really mad. All of this makes...
    strawberryletter22 strawberryletter22
    18-21, F
    1 Response May 27, 2015

    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

    I can drive actually.

    .. But I can't park! Especially parallel parking. Nightmare!
    applemuffin710 applemuffin710
    31-35, F
    Apr 1, 2014

    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
    3 Responses Jul 21, 2011

    Paid $300 last year for lessons

    and still can't drive am so scared. Ughh but I am working on getting better at driving still nervous tho.
    bumblebee2393 bumblebee2393
    22-25, F
    May 24, 2015

    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
    1 Response Feb 11, 2014

    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
    22-25, F
    Nov 13, 2013
    anabel123 anabel123
    61-65, F
    Feb 19, 2015

    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
    Feb 12, 2013

    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
    18-21, F
    Jun 24, 2013

    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
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Feb 15, 2012

    I drove for the second time in my life today.

    I was so scared, I tried to act so good like I knew what I was doing though. THE SPeed scares me, what if I'm not doing it right. I can't get in an accident. I'm so scared I'll never be able to drive.
    TheSongPlaysWithin TheSongPlaysWithin
    18-21, F
    May 13, 2014

    I feel really stupid

    for having this driving fear. Even if I'm driving locally I still get anxiety. I'm not only scared of getting into an accident, but I'm scared of the car breaking down or not working right while I'm driving. I'm scared of not knowing what to do or how to respond to a situation...
    BeautifulSoul09 BeautifulSoul09
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jun 20, 2015

    I don't like driving.

    But I have to drive every day. I envy those who can choose not to drive. I can only hope that one day as I practice more, the fear will go away.
    Mangostrawberrybanana Mangostrawberrybanana
    36-40, F
    Oct 21, 2014

    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
    22-25, F
    Jan 30, 2014

    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

    What. The. Hell.? My older sister's 22 years

    old, (my age does not matter here lol), and she backs up into a parked car in the parking lot. >:(! Everyone tells me I'm a great driver, and she tells me I can't drive for sh!t.. -.- Garrgghhh .
    SubmissiveSecrets SubmissiveSecrets
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 15, 2014

    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
    2 Responses Apr 16, 2014

    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

    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
    22-25, F
    7 Responses Jan 22, 2008

    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.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Feb 28, 2014

    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

    I am embarrassed of the fact

    that I am 22 and can't drive. I have done a couple circles at the park and around the yard but that's all lol..I'm laughing at myself but I am serious. I am just totally scared of failing before I even start. I need help because I've got to get license!
    WhoAreWeIsTheQuestion WhoAreWeIsTheQuestion
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jul 11, 2015

    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
    May 4, 2012

    .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

    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
    3 Responses Apr 16, 2011

    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

    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
    22-25, F
    4 Responses May 11, 2011
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