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I Overcame My Fear of Driving

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 113 People

    I'm So Close

    I am 23. I don't have my license. I passed drivers Ed at 16 and soon thereafter developed an anxiety disorder. I am planning to go for my license on Tuesday. I have only driven twice in the last 6 years for 20 min and then 40 min. I'm gonna do some cramming this weekend and drive...
    bunnyharriet bunnyharriet 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 4, 2011

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    The Fear Started and My Progression Ended

    When I was little I always dreamed of having a '65 mustang.  My Dad and I always talked about getting one and fixing it up.  By the time I was 14 I had the interior picked out and the design and everything.  I had planned on getting a job when I was 15 to start...
    JeniLynn JeniLynn 22-25 1 Response Sep 22, 2008

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    It'S The Freeways

    So I've had my license for quite some time now but the freeways have always been my downfall. This year my New Years resolution was to overcome my anxiety with driving the freeway. The anxiety isn't completely gone but I can drive on the freeway if I have to now. Usually I have...
    LadyBlueBear LadyBlueBear 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 4, 2013

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    Not Fear But Reluctance

    I lived in Europe for most of my life and in Paris in particular. There, there's no real incentive to drive a car, it's actually a nuisance more than anything: cost of maintenance and various insurances and taxes, parking, insane traffic, oh yeah and be prepared for one of the...
    KnottyG KnottyG 41-45, M Dec 7, 2010

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    Fear Of Driving

    I am terrified to drive on the highway but I am determined to overcome the phobia. I will from now on do one exit at the time.
    Vbrennan28 Vbrennan28 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 23, 2013

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    I Used To Have Panic Attacks Every Time I Would Drive.

    I was so afraid and I wasn't able to breathe. The world looked like it was tilting over and I had no perception of where I was on the road. So many times while I was driving I would have to pull over because I would be hyperventilating and in tears. If anyone was in the car with...
    RoastofRump RoastofRump 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 19, 2011

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    Never Reached Out For Help Before

    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 7 Responses Jul 21, 2011

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    It Took Me 2 Years to Get My Liscense

    i was scared. after being in multiple crashes i was just turned off to something that to me seemed so unbelievable dangerous and not worth the risk. i finaly overcame my fear, and i passed my test the second time. i am so happy. i used to make up lies that i didnt feel well cuz i...
    skittlehead skittlehead 18-21 3 Responses Sep 20, 2009

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    Managing My Fear Of Driving Day To Day

    I’m 24 years old & have had a fear of driving for the past 9 years. Growing up I was involved in quite a few accidents, all of which ended up with the car being totaled & injuries being sustained by one or both parties. It made me realize how easily things can go wrong when you...
    skayes713 skayes713 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 6, 2013

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    One Big Step Closer !

       I am fed up with myself. I need my freedom and I need it now! I am 46 years old and feel like I have done so much in my life already, this one BIG thing (not driving) holds me prisoner to my former self.    So a couple of weeks ago, I went...
    miasperanza miasperanza 46-50, F 21 Responses May 23, 2009

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    I'm a work in progress.

    .. three years ago I was hit turning left by a motorcycle that was doing 120mph. At first I was fine. Then the panic attacks started. Then they turned into just minor anxiety from time to time. I have bouts where my anxiety gets so bad I make myself sick thinking of driving...
    Tttheresa321 Tttheresa321 26-30, F Feb 23

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    I Am Not Giving Up!

    I am happy to have found this website and read TayterTots story.....TayterTot,  if you happen to read this,  let me know how you are doing - its been almost a year since you wrote.   Don't give up!  It is scary and frightening, but hang in there...
    lifesabeach31 lifesabeach31 41-45 13 Responses Mar 10, 2008

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    Long Time Fear

    Hello, my name is Krista. I am 32 years old and I have never gotten my license. I am so scared to do it. I have had panic and anxiety attacks since I was 12 years old. When I think about driving, I feel sick to my stomach, I shake, I feel dizzy, etc. This fear has kept me from...
    kricky422 kricky422 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 6, 2011

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    Still Trying

    I had my first anxiety attack Easter weekend, 2007. I was driving to my boyfriend's sister's house, which is an hour away. I was getting off the highway, and the connecting street was horrible. It curved to the left and was built way too high because I could not see the ground at...
    TayterTot TayterTot 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 29, 2007

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    First Time Driver

    The other day I saw a car crash right in front of my eyes. Although it didn't scar me for life, it made me realize that life is too short and you never know what might happen. Now, yesterday was the first time I ever drove (Since I just got my Learner's Permit) and it was scary...
    Embracingtheinnerhood Embracingtheinnerhood 13-15, F Jul 15, 2012

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    I Saw a Terrible Accident When I Was 17

    It has taken me several years to overcome my Fear (I have a friend who's a practicing Psychologist who calls it an actual "Phobia" - 'cos it affected my life profoundly) of Driving. When I was 17years old, my Boyfriend (now ex) was giving me a lift to work. We were...
    Pixie87 Pixie87 22-25, F Jul 18, 2009

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    I Only Had My Licence For 2 Years

    I learnt to drive and it was fun ... scary at first but i did like it and the driving instructor makes it even better if you have a good one... I had 2 very good instructors and found they helped me over come the fear of driving really well... but I only had my licence for...
    czaristacrystals czaristacrystals 36-40, F Mar 10, 2011

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    Highways

    Ok, so I don't have an all out fear of driving. I drive all the time. LOCALLY. However, I am scared to death to drive on the highway, big roads, and unknown areas. This fear has robbed me of a couple of good jobs because I was afraid to drive to a far away interview. Who...
    missluvlie missluvlie 31-35 2 Responses Apr 17, 2009

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    Slowly Overcoming My Fear Of Driving....still Scared Especially Of The Interstate...

    Well, first off..I have panic attacks, mainly only when I am driving..especially on interstate. I developed panic attacks when I was pregnant with my first child. These attacks were rare and extremely short and actually went away without me even trying to get rid of them. They...
    itsdifficult itsdifficult 22-25, F 2 Responses May 2, 2010

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    I managed to avoid driving

    for the first 28 years of my life, but when I took a job on the other side of the world where I knew I would have to drive, I finally went for my license. Although I managed to pass my driver's test and get my license, I never felt comfortable driving. Now I'm in a new country...
    mums3786 mums3786 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 2, 2014

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    I was in an accident a year ago.

    It was after a torrential rain story, my breaks locked, and I couldn't stop in time so I slid forward into the car in front of me. Ever since then, I am PETRIFIED of driving more than 50 mph and hitting the car in front of me. I try to drive on the highways and I have to...
    kep1218 kep1218 22-25, F Sep 9, 2014

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    YangXiaoLong14 YangXiaoLong14 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 23, 2014

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    Finally!!!!

    It took me 8 years, but i finally have a License to drive! I had always had a fear, because i was afraid i was going to get into an accident, i felt like there were too many rules and regulations to remember and i am a generally non-observant person. Still I finally decided that...
    MissVenom MissVenom 22-25, F Dec 20, 2010

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    Not A Success Story At The Moment

    I really wish I was like everyone else. People who can just get in their ******* car and function and go where they need to and it's not a problem. It is so embarrassing having this problem. I can barely drive anywhere. My mother mocks me for never driving places and yet she has...
    evanescence121893 evanescence121893 18-21 2 Responses Sep 27, 2013

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    Retesting At Age 49

    The Driving Test        I've already posted a story about discovering my Driver's License was eight month's expired.  I thought some would be interested in finding out, as Paul Harvey would say, "The rest of the story."       It would be another week before we...
    UncommonChick UncommonChick 51-55, F Apr 26, 2011

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    There Is No Holding Me Back

    While i cannot say i am scared of driving. I have had a phobia about highway driving.   I soon found out that you never know what you can do until you are the only one left to do it. There is this convention going on that everyone i know was attending. ...
    persona2010 persona2010 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 28, 2010

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    It really started when I was younger. I got into a serious car accident when I was four years old. My head went through the windshield. Me even being able to write this is nothing...
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    I have many friends and students as well as many enemies who truly fear me. they fear me mainly for my vast methods that they are too terrified to speak. for you see i don't just...
    Sladetgx57 Sladetgx57 18-21, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I have an intense fear of bugs (insectophobia). I am terribly horrified by cockroaches, giant moths, bees, wasps, etc. This is probably the worst fear I can have, since I am going...
    PuppyFrifle PuppyFrifle 13-15, M 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    I have pocrescophobia, which is a fear of gaining weight. I still like food, but this phobia isn't just a fear. It's one of the many tolls that caused anorexia, though I'm...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I have a huge fear of the most harmless thing ever a butterfly I'm just too scared to be near one and I don't know why but if I saw one I would run away as fast as I could to get...
    CoolGirl11 CoolGirl11 26-30, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    ...You say I've been driving you crazy and its keeping you away So just give me one good reason Tell me why I should stay 'Cause I dont wanna waste another moment in saying things...
    cosmosdrift cosmosdrift 31-35, F 3 days ago

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    I'm supposed to have a fear of abandonment, but I don't see how so, I am the one who isolates myself n doesn't wanna be bothered with people. i have borderline personalitity...
    StreetgirlnamedDesire504 StreetgirlnamedDesire504 36-40 Aug 27

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    But why? You fear something that hasnt even happened. People are so afraid of having so called negative experiences. We avoid certain experiences because since they are not...
    Lindsbenz Lindsbenz 18-21, F Aug 27

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    Death fears me..................... Hahaha
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 26

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    3 days ago I moved to Spain to start my bachelors degree. Ive been looking forward to this for so long, I could not wait to get out of my country and start a new and more exciting...
    moretotheeyes moretotheeyes 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 26

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    I fear a lot of things. Spiders, wasps, bugs.. But death? Nah I don't fear it. When it's my time, it's my time. Be it tomorrow or 50 years from now. Of course I would like to have...
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Aug 25

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    At every red light intersection I see at at 2 or more people on their addiction cell phone. And of course when the lights turn green you have to honk at them so they can put down...
    sumtone sumtone 31-35, M Aug 25

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    Death is one thing I done fear. It's going to come one day and oh well I'm not fussed
    TakeYourSoul TakeYourSoul 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 25

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    I fear death in the respect of life as you only live once but death in the respect of a love one is a fear not to exceed above your years living as a person with a life to see and...
    Amazon3 Amazon3 31-35, M Aug 25

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    I have the mentality where I keep telling myself that everything is okay, it doesn't hurt too bad, and it will go away soon. I've been pretty sick before to the point where...
    anonamanda001 anonamanda001 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 25

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    hello everyone I'm trying to lose weight. working out is not an issue for me, nor trying to change the way I eat. however, going to the gym is my biggest fear yet. I don't want to...
    SolHeart SolHeart 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 24

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