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I Don't Drive, and I Don't Want to

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    I have Schizo-affective Disorder,

    a "combo" of schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. I've been this way since early childhood, and when I was growing up as a "student-patient" of a now-closed boys' boarding school/treatment facility in rural south-central Michigan during the latter half of the 1970's, I've always...
    Gaylord400 Gaylord400 46-50, M May 19

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    I Am a Good Driver, But....

    Have you heard of global warming? Do you know why we REALLY invaded Iraq? Do you know pollution, not ALL from cars of course, is so bad in Mexico City that birds flying too low get choked by the toxic clouds and fall dead from the sky [maybe THOSE are the UFO's uneducated...
    freeed freeed 61-65, M 4 Responses Jul 22, 2009

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    I Will Never Own A Car

    wherever I live in the city of new york, under no circumstances will I ever own a car. even if I live as far out as flatbush/nostrand aves ("the junction" in Brooklyn). they cause far too many problems for me and for other mass transit users (especially bus riders) for me to want...
    Detroitdiesel Detroitdiesel 22-25, M May 30, 2013

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    Why Would I Bother Driving?

    I don't want to drive ever! Why drive when you can take a bus, plane or train. They're cheaper and more comfortable.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jul 27, 2012

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    Never Learned

    I'm 30 and never learned how to drive just because no one ever bothered to teach me. It sucks as I really would like to drive.
    DuncanConstruction DuncanConstruction 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 17, 2012

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    New To This Group And I Can Agree.

     Hello Everyone,   I'm in my 30s and I don't drive. I have a learner's permit and no license. I've tried to take a driving course, but I found that I am way too nervous and emotional when I am behind the wheel. And I have failed my driver's test twice. So I am...
    midnightstarr midnightstarr 36-40, F Feb 21, 2010

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    I Also Don't Drive

    I don't drive and find it isolates me.  I also find it hard to find a guy who understands and is accepting of this?  I don't except to be driven all over town lol.  I drove for a year when I was very young and was very nervous and jerky behind the wheel (you know...
    ifeelsoalone34 ifeelsoalone34 31-35 8 Responses Apr 27, 2010

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    I never really warmed to the idea of being

    behind the wheel of a car. My parents still offer to pay for driving lessons and the theory test and for the first time, I felt I should give it a shot. I was made redundant and for any job that I was going for there was always the subject of if I had my own car. Despite the...
    Dominc1 Dominc1 26-30, M Mar 24

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    You'll Never See Me Behind The Wheel

    Driver's Ed in 11th grade proved to be a challenge for me. I never got the whole concept of learning how to use all the little gadgets in the car, all of the signs and their meanings, obeying certain laws, etc...Besides, I never was into cars anyway.But after two of my classmates...
    takethispain takethispain 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 29, 2011

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    I live in Los Angeles,

    and a popular song (http://youtu.be/R_UpLtGEWoY) once exclaimed "Nobody walks in LA!" Well, after having given up driving for nearly 3 years now, I must say that selling my car was the best decision I ever made. The money I have saved is astonishing! And there is so much stress...
    SkittishRobot SkittishRobot 22-25, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    the thing is I dont drive

    and i DO want to i have been battling with anxiety and it gets to me when i drive.i stopped driving because of this.my doc put me on meds for the anxiety but it doesnt help at all.i need to drive.people dont understand what im going through and they judge me like what do u have...
    shimona13 shimona13 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 26

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    Gotten my permit at a few times

    since being high-school (currently second year in college)but haven't gotten a licences. It' so much anxiety having to learn the rules, signs and what not. I think maybe it'd be nice to drive myself around then having to rely on others but the fact of dealing with traffic...
    thisoneweirdo thisoneweirdo 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 11, 2013

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    28 And Doesn't Drive

    When I was a young teenager, I was never excited about getting my license like everyone around me. When I was 16 my mom had to force me to get my permit and finally learn to drive. I was literally crying and begging because I didn't want to, but I did drive for a year or so with...
    milanne milanne 26-30, F 5 Responses Mar 19, 2012

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    Afraid To Drive

    Im a 37 years old man, Im from Costa Rica, and I never drive there, traffic is really stressful there, cars and gas are not cheap and is a really good bus/taxi service all over.... I live in chicago since 5 years ago... My wife is from here and she has been really supported about...
    zorroxtein zorroxtein 36-40 Dec 10, 2012

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    Absolutely Terrified

    I'm seventeen years old, eighteen next month, and I don't even have a permit. At first I just put it off because I didn't have time to go to the DMV. Now, I'm 5 months away from going off to college and I still can't drive. My family forces me to drive with them to the store and...
    jordon5 jordon5 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 22, 2012

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    Please Don't Judge Me

    My drivers Ed class never had a "driving" portion. My parents never asked offered to teach me. My first attempt at driving was when I was 21 when a friend had insisted I try in their car. Lets just say I had no idea what I was doing. (very embarrassing) I have practiced driving...
    LunaDee LunaDee 26-30 3 Responses Nov 8, 2012

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    I have been trying to get my license

    for some time now, but to no avail. My parents, and my grandparents especially have put pressure on me about it. I just took a license test today, and failed because I did not stop long enough at the stop sign according to the instructor. It is extremely frustrating because I...
    jayjayfilms jayjayfilms 18-21, M Apr 15

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    I tried to learn to drive .

    I was motivated . But hopeless :( under stress my abilities became impaired. I had to think which was right & which was left. Small details would grab my attention. I couldn't judge distances or speeds acruritaly. A three point turn I perfected but couldn't repeat:( Much...
    aspiedavid aspiedavid 31-35, M Jun 23

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    My Experience

    I got my permit one month ago, and I just keep having anxiety attacks about the driving test... These aren't normal because I was throwing up, waking up in the middle of the night thinking about it, and just stressing out.... So might as well just not take it.....
    mahdude626 mahdude626 18-21 Jan 18, 2012

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    I know I need to learn to drive

    because I am trapped otherwise. Yet I HATE it. I never took driver's ed in school (long story) and now I'm kicking myself for it because I am in a position where I have to somehow learn it all on my own (how do they expect you to learn when you aren't legally allowed to go on...
    tegansara tegansara 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 23

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    Technically, I Do...

    In Australia, where I live, the current system is 120 hours of practice with a fully licenced driver on a learners permit. Then your on red or green P plates for 3 or 4 years, I think. I have my permit with 40 hours of practice. Your allowed to get the permit at 16 years and 9...
    melmaclorelai melmaclorelai 18-21, F Aug 29, 2011

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    the thing is I dont drive

    and i DO want to i have been battling with anxiety and it gets to me when i drive.i stopped driving because of this.my doc put me on meds for the anxiety but it doesnt help at all.i need to drive.people dont understand what im going through and they judge me like what do u have...
    shimona13 shimona13 18-21, F Jun 26

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    45 Minutes...

    As long as I can remember I've loved cars. As a little kid I amazed my folks with my ability to correctly identify various makes & models. Plymouths were my favorite even before they named a car after my favorite cartoon character. By the time I was old enough to drive I'd lost...
    Geronnimmo Geronnimmo 51-55, M 1 Response Jun 5, 2011

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    No Cars Go

    I've never liked cars... I always had motion sickness when we used them and the only cars I managed not to feel sick in were usually old cars like the Beetle or Citroens, or Porsches. So automatically I don't associate anything pleasant with cars.  I've also had a couple of...
    LittleMonroe LittleMonroe 18-21, F Jul 19, 2010

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    I'M Terrified Of Driving

    So I'm 20 years old (i'll be 21 next month) and I don't have my license or permit or anything. The thought of driving literally scares me more than anything. I don't trust myself. The thought of it makes me super anxious. I am just not sure what I am going to do after college...
    ebvoigt ebvoigt 22-25 2 Responses Apr 17, 2013

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    Freedom On Two Wheels

    Rain or Shine, I love taking my  bicycle everywhere -or  for distances, Amtrak. It's great to take my stress out at the end of the day on the road, and bieng outdoors. The only weather that keeps me indoors is lightning or black ice!
    shatteredheart shatteredheart 31-35 1 Response Aug 26, 2008

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    30 And I Don't Drive

    I don't drive and don't really want to. I never liked cars or being in cars and don't understand everyone's obsession with the need to drive. I took driver's ed as a teen like most other kids. I was kind of intimidated and unexcited about it even back then...which is unlike...
    PurpleDandelion PurpleDandelion 31-35, F 5 Responses Aug 21, 2010

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    Got My Driving Permit Over Ten Times

     Hi  I am happy to find like minded people .I think we should all unite and start a club. I simply dont like driving .I was never excited by it ,dont find it relaxing and I am a happier person not dealing with traffic and car expenses .I have kept jobs ,18 years...
    angelace angelace 46-50 2 Responses Aug 8, 2009

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    I Love Driving...

    Especially in German highways, where there is no speed limit, and feeling the wind on my face. I have good skills as well, but I don't drive, because I'm lazy. My narcolepsy does not affect me in this activity because when I'm very focused on something, I do not fall asleep...
    sweetmeisje sweetmeisje 26-30, F 19 Responses Jul 21, 2010

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    I'll Go Down Fighting!

    My mum really wants me to learn to drive. She's put me on my sister's car insurance and is trying to get me to at least do a bit of driving with her. I had a lesson with a driving instructor once and I crashed the car. That totally shook my confidence in driving instructors so I...
    Elilaa Elilaa 18-21, F Aug 15, 2009

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    Will Not Driving Ruin My Life

    I'm going to be 39 years old and I can't begin to tell you how many times ive had to go back and get my permit because I never got the driving done, it expires and I take the test over and over again. I have had lessons and still feel like I don't get it. When I'm in the car I...
    lovelife3D lovelife3D 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 7, 2013

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    Inferiority Complex With A New Home

    I moved away from my home 2 years ago, to a different part of the country. I am not happier. I did get a job, which is why I had to move...because I was living with my mother, and she wanted to move here...I had no job, and it was so...last minute. I had only a week to make plans...
    WyvernWing WyvernWing 18-21 Nov 12, 2010

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    Im Epileptic!!

    i know a there are quite a few people with epilepsy out there, that can, and are allowed to drive, and maybe eventually i would like to as well, but at the moment im just a bit too scared of it all, cos i mean, if i have a seizure at home or at work, then its not so bad, but if i...
    cowshed123 cowshed123 31-35, M 4 Responses Jun 22, 2010

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    I Swear I'm Not A Weirdo.

    I have not had the desire to drive ever in my life... and for some reason, the majority of my friends and family can't seem to wrap their brains around it. They think I'm a total Weirdo. Why is it weird? I'm healthy. I live in a city where everything I want or need is walking...
    rednetrab111 rednetrab111 26-30 8 Responses Jan 24, 2012

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