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I Am Afraid of Driving

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    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 1 Response May 2

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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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    I have been in over 10 car accidents.

    I just want to enjoy driving and not be so anxious behind the wheel.
    maddiejuliet maddiejuliet 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 4

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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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    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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    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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    I Live Near Boston

    Boston drivers are legendary for their hyper-aggressiveness. I moved to the Boston area a decade and a half ago from a small college town in the South. Although my friends all say I'm an excellent driver and that I've "gone native", so to speak, down inside, driving around here...
    SomeDudeNearBoston SomeDudeNearBoston 46-50, M 1 Response Sep 14, 2013

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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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    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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    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 26-30, M Jul 5

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    Its soo weird im a legal driver with licsense &

    insurance ( AAA) ok & i get soo nervous when i get on the freeway people driving soo fast & close by me I try to keep calm & drive with extra caution but i feel like im gona explode in my car from my heart beating so hard & so fast .. I dnt drive crazy i dnt drive fast unless i...
    missyluvsmissy4me missyluvsmissy4me 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 31

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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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    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 18-21, F Aug 15

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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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    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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    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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    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 am afraid of driving any vehicle cause i

    don't wanna die and i can't even drive anything. I know everyone is has to die one day, but i don't wanna at a age 17.
    mahdiraza mahdiraza 16-17, M 1 Response Jul 18

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    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 16-17, M 2 Responses May 22

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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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    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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    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 16-17, F 1 Response May 13

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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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    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

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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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    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 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 18-21, F Jul 9

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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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    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.
    Raneth Raneth 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 28

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I can drive actually.

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

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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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    My freakin' driving instructor is a terrible

    old lady. She keeps yelling at me while i'm turning dude. Sorry for making a mistake it's my first time on the road you see, but i seriously think she should retire after scaring the shet out of me like that on the road...
    Dapperness Dapperness 16-17, F Jun 30

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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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    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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    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 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 5

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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 1 Response Oct 4, 2013

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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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