I Am Afraid to Drive

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    Terrified To Drive

    I'm 19 and can't even drive around my neighborhood without a full blown panic attack. Intersections are the worst.. 4 way stop signs I freeze up and wait for minutes till no one is around. I can't even bare to come to a traffic light intersection. My brain over reacts and my...
    forgottenshadow forgottenshadow
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Oct 11, 2013

    I am 22 years old and never got a drivers

    license. People look at me funny when I go to buy a drink and show my learners permit. I get severe panic attacks. I HAVE driven to places before but never more than 5 or 6 miles from home. It is so bad that I have had to pull over somewhere just to recover so that I do not lose...
    birdlover9 birdlover9
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 24, 2014

    Im Trying To Overcome It

    Well its more like I need to. At 30, my driver's license is long overdue. But every time its the day for my driving test I chicken out. I do drive to near by places but I try going when the streets aren't full. Being around lots of cars makes me so nervous sometimes I forget...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Dec 29, 2012

    I'm still afraid of driving

    and even people who sits in my car was afraid too , I hope the driving coach won't freak out teaching me to drive (if Only the coach is available) . Oh well although I'm afraid there nothing to lose anyway . Let just drive. Plus, the coach is a coach I guess the coach has...
    minniekoala minniekoala
    26-30, F
    Feb 20, 2015

    I am so scared of driving.

    .. I'm 18 and almost everyone my age at school has a license. I just panic and forget how to breathe and want to runaway. My boyfriend says driving is important and even offers to teach me, and I love him... But it really freaks me out and I wish I could drive! I could do so many...
    helloIamhopeful helloIamhopeful
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Nov 24, 2014

    Me and my boyfriend was hanging out Sunday.

    He channeled his plans for me :) so sweet. Anyway we was in the parking lot of the movies, the mall on the other side. The parking lot is huge bearly cars around. . He knows how much I want a ****** h3. He tells me to seat in the drivers seat I tell him "no I'm not ready I don't...
    staystyleandsmile staystyleandsmile
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Oct 28, 2015

    I Must Follow Through And Get My License.

    Okay, so today I sat down and stared at the phone for 15 minutes before dialing. I now have an appointment set for 11:00 am Dec. 4th with a driving school. My heart is pounding even as I write this. I've tried to have family members teach me but what they could not instill in me...
    barbarah66 barbarah66
    56-60, F
    Nov 26, 2012

    Accident Left Me Fearful

    A few years ago when I was 16, I got in a car accident that ended up flipping my care 3 times landing upside down in the middle of an intersection. It wasn't my fault- it was a drunk driver. It is a surprise how I am even alive today. I was unharmed (except for it messing up my...
    romeoandjuliet romeoandjuliet
    18-21, F
    Jun 5, 2010

    Constant Failure

    My father died in a car crash when I was 5.  No fault of his own, a semi ran a red light.  Neither my mother or I were super keen on my learning to drive growing up.  I thought cars were cool, but as soon as I got behind one, I had this incredible panic attack...
    Honir Honir
    26-30, M
    1 Response Jun 15, 2010


    Soon I will be able to get my permit, but before I can actually get it I need to complete 6 hours of driving with a teacher, and I am not that excited. I'm trying to mentally prepare for it and can't. I don't know how to, I just keep getting horrible images of what can happen on...
    averagejo averagejo
    1 Response Aug 22, 2008

    My Husband Is Afriad To Drive, Any Advice?

    I'm posting on this forum not for myself but for my husband. I have been married for four years and since I first met my husband, he has not driven. In fact, he won't even get his permit. We have gone to the DMV several times; he has read the driver's manual but only once was...
    greta1981 greta1981
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jun 22, 2012

    Driving Scares Me!

    Okay, so I am a 16 year old boy and my parents just got me a brand new 2012 Kia Soul and I am so scared to drive it. I live in Florida, where everyone here is old, drunk, or just too retarded to drive. I've seen what fatal accidents can do and it's disturbing.. I just am afraid I...
    GuessWhoHatesFL GuessWhoHatesFL
    70+, M
    2 Responses Apr 28, 2012

    Driving Makes Me Feel Like I'm In Danger

    i knew i had to get my license so i could get back and fourth to work and college but every time i'm on the road i feel sick, my eyes are glued to the road and i have both hands glued to the wheel, every car around me dis-obeys the speed limits and the lines on the road where...
    SkullCandiGirl SkullCandiGirl
    1 Response Jul 5, 2013

    Never Driven

    I will be 30 years old next month and I have never driven a car. I don't know how to drive. I never was interested in learning how. I already knew when my hands hit the wheel that driving wasn't for me.  People find it strange when I tells them that I can't drive. I'm...
    roland2010 roland2010
    Apr 5, 2010

    I'm Another Person Who Doesn't Drive

    Like others, I'm terrified of driving.  I get anxiety behind the wheel.  I've had my learner's permit several times -- each time telling myself that I'm going to do it this time.  I'll take one or two lessons from a driving school, but the anxiety builds to the point where I...
    NeverDrove NeverDrove
    41-45, F
    4 Responses Dec 13, 2011

    Just Turned 41 ...

    (this was last year)... Got my license in November 2012. It took two years for me to be comfortable driving at regular speeds. And another year to get my mind where I could be confident that I could get the driver's license. But FINALLY in November 2012, i got it. Now it's...
    AlwaysPersevere71 AlwaysPersevere71
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Mar 6, 2013

    Im So Scared To Drive

    Ive been here in america for 4 yrs now but never drive. My husbnd teaches me to drive last yr after r faughter born and after 4 tries im done! Im just scared, palpitations, cold sweats and my heart keeps pounding like literally i can hear my heart beating. After that incident my...
    Bvsqueen Bvsqueen
    26-30, F
    Aug 26, 2012


    I am more nervous than afraid. I know what im supposed to do but i get confused because i get nervous. I would love to be confident behind the wheel. I stall sometimes and then panic. I dont know how to get over it. I just want to drive.
    Tk03 Tk03
    26-30, F
    Jun 15, 2010

    Hate Driving

    I would love to be able to have the freedom to drive and go anywhere whenever I want but I am 24 and still struggle. I have a fear of driving, a legit fight or flight dear and I usually avoid it at all costs. I know with practice you will get more comfortable and I finally got...
    be2cute be2cute
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 17, 2012

    I Am Afraid To Drive

    i totally feel what everyone is saying i got my liscense when i was 29. 2 months before my 30th birthday and let me tell you i wa a nervous wreck.public transportation was just fine for me.sure it took a little longer to get to my destinations but i was fine with it ,as long as...
    laytriciawilliams laytriciawilliams
    5 Responses Jan 21, 2011

    gotta get over this

    Hi...Im a 21 year old female living in Ga. Im sooo scared to drive it's not even funny. I can drive just fine, but I often panic when I am behind the wheel. I have my permit, but Im terrified to death of going to get  my official drivers license. It is often very embarrasing...
    shakeitha shakeitha
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 11, 2009

    No Driving For Me

    I am beyond scared to drive. I got my permit when I turned 16 I have had many people try to help me get my licence. They badger me until I give in well never again. I will not be put in that position again. I am terrified to drive and at the age of 40 that is not likely to change...
    afraidtochange afraidtochange
    1 Response Aug 1, 2012

    I just passed my driving license,

    I am not really afraid of driving I just really don't like it.... Though, I am very scared of driving on my own!!!
    HelenaMai HelenaMai
    18-21, F
    Dec 4, 2014

    I Want to Drive Again

    I am afraid to drive because, i have panic attacks.I started driving when i was 16 years old.I drove perfect with no problems.Then one day when i was driving i stopped invthe middlle of the street.I didnt realize that i had drifted into another world. l was so scared. I...
    annie29 annie29
    1 Response Apr 26, 2009

    Afraid To Drive

    baby81 baby81
    26-30, F
    2 Responses May 22, 2012

    I Am Afraid to Drive.

    I am afraid to drive and whenever I tell anyone about this fear I usually get laughter, told to get over it, and that I am not a good mother because I cannot drive. It wasn't like I planned for this. I used to drive everywhere and anywhere when I was younger. I loved just getting...
    amborae80 amborae80
    7 Responses May 17, 2008

    I Am Afraid To Drive

    I feel ridiculous and a failure. My husband who always did most of the driving lost his license because he had a blackout and had to send his license back to DVLC. He can't drive for six months and that means I am having to drive. I hate it, hate and detest it. Everybody thinks...
    neknit neknit
    61-65, F
    2 Responses Feb 9, 2010


    I hate to drive, but I do because I have to. When I don't have to, I don't drive. Although, I'm usually afraid of other people's driving, so sometimes I would prefer to drive .... Or just stay at home. Transfer trucks scare me, crazy drivers scare me.... Small roads scare me. I...
    OfADifferentColor OfADifferentColor
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 23, 2013

    I Wasnt Always This Nervous And Scared When Driving.

    I have been driving since 1986,I have always been a little nervous at times when driving,but not this bad.For the past three years I have been working the same two jobs and for the most part had the same circle of friends.I for the most part would not have a  problem driving...
    slowdriver slowdriver
    41-45, F
    1 Response Nov 27, 2010

    Driving Not For Me I Am Just Delaying The Outcome

    I have always delayed driving, well becuase of anxiety and a low self belief. This has been engraved into my slate and has become part of my nature. The wanting to be independant in having the confidence to drive my own vechile is there. My problem, how do I go about...
    MelAbr1 MelAbr1
    31-35, F
    1 Response Feb 1, 2013

    I Have My Good Days While Driving,but Sometimes I Still Get Alittle Nervous.

    I have learned to not worry about what the other drivers think of me if I am driving too slow.I usually drive in the right lane ,there for i can either do the speed limit or under if I dont feel like driving fast.I can also pull off to to the slide of the road from there if I get...
    slowdriver slowdriver
    41-45, F
    Dec 9, 2010

    26 and Stranded

    Well, I have been afraid to drive for as long as I can remember.  It gets worse as time goes by.  I waited to get my permit until I was 22 because I saw no point in having it if I wasn't going to drive. I don't know if I will ever feel...
    Ashamed26 Ashamed26
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Feb 6, 2009

    Almost 28 and Still Afraid!

    I'm 27, will be 28 next month..I am married and have 3 small children and I do not know how to drive.  I am scared to death!  Occasionally I'll pump myself up about going to driving school..getting my learners permit  AGAIN.  But then I stop and really think...
    PaigeDuVall PaigeDuVall
    5 Responses Apr 14, 2009

    Afraid To Drive

    I am 18 years old. I haven't driven for about two years. People always tell me that I am not that bad of a driver. I am an average C driver because I was always nervous in driver's ed. I was able to get my permit when I was 15, but I let it expire. I am afraid of causing an...
    bowlingbluedog bowlingbluedog
    1 Response Oct 1, 2010

    I'm Not Sure If I Am Actually Afraid Or Not....

    I'm currently 19 (turning 20 this year 2013) And the thought of driving has never really crossed my mind. I have not got my P, or even done the paper test... My younger sister is hyped about driving and she has already done her paper test and is waiting for her P plate... I have...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Jul 12, 2013

    Update Story

    I posted a story sometime ago about my husband. In my post, I mentioned that he was afriad to drive. I said that I was concerned because if we have a child then I would need someone else to do the driving. I also mentioned that we were moving to a small town with no public...
    greta1981 greta1981
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Oct 14, 2012
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