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I Overcame My Fear of Driving

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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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Sep 27, 2013

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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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    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 1 Response 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 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 6, 2013

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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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    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'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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    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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    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 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 12 Responses Mar 10, 2008

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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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    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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    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 41-45, F 1 Response Sep 23, 2013

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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...
    kaymarie8 kaymarie8 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 4, 2013

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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 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 29, 2007

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    When I Got My Own Car.

    My mom always wanted me to drive but I was too scared to because he car was small and I don't like small cars because they can easily crash or flip over. When my dad went out bought me a used 1998 cadillac deville that fear went away quickly when I first drove around the block by...
    SaberToothTiger SaberToothTiger 18-21, M Jun 21, 2013

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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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    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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    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 1 Response Apr 17, 2009

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    Not totally strange, but had the fear of driving for the longest time. Especially for a guy. Conquered that fear. Not just a fear but a burden off my shoulders.
    Deeperthinker Deeperthinker 31-35, M 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I want to live fearlessly . Someone teach me how . Any tips .
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    I fear the ocean so badly! Yes it's ok from the car I may even walk the beach but going in it nooooooooooo way! It's hilarious because I love my family's beach house on the ocean...
    Chicgeekgal Chicgeekgal 22-25, F 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    Today is November 16 (Friday), 11:30PM, I am in bed trying to sleep. As always, I am thinking about things I could have done, ways in which my life could have been different...
    shikorbihin shikorbihin 36-40, M Jul 14

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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...
    dogpile86 dogpile86 26-30, M Jul 5

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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...
    iholland95 iholland95 18-21, F Jul 9

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    I have a few fears like everyone but this is for my irrational fear. It's irrational for I don't know where my fear comes from our why I fear it. I fear ladders. I don't fear...
    fallenzero fallenzero 22-25, M Jul 14

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    I hate fear, it stops me from doing what I want to do, and being who I want to be. I'm sure it's the same for everyone. Everyone has their fears, and everyone either deals with...
    LHollyleaf LHollyleaf 18-21, M Jul 15

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    unbornangel unbornangel 36-40, F Jul 15

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    Fear is one of the greatest obstacles that this world will present to you.. Fear has roots in everyones heart, and its really difficult to tear out that fear,, but once you do, you...
    Josue26 Josue26 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 7

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    What causes the fears that you and I have? Does it always work to say "just get over it"? I don't think so. I think fears have an emotional attachment, and they need to be...
    AlwaysPersevere71 AlwaysPersevere71 41-45, M 1 Response Jul 19

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    TheShutout TheShutout 16-17, M Jul 11

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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...
    Dapperness Dapperness 16-17, F Jun 30

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    I have to take my driving test tomorrow for the first time and Im really nervous.
    lostandlonleysoul lostandlonleysoul 16-17, F 4 Responses Jul 8

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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 Jul 18

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    May 2010 I was involved in a car accident on the interstate. It has affected me in every way possible. I had my mom, sister, and brother in the car with me. Now, I suffer from...
    breeze90 breeze90 22-25, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    Earlier today i saw someone driving with there knees cause they were texting omfg people takin it to far
    thotsquad thotsquad 13-15, F 2 days ago

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    Sorry I'm ranting so much about my feelings I just have moments of clarity that I like to share. Remember a time you got hurt? (I'm talking emotionally). Or embarrassed, let down...
    emelon12 emelon12 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 7

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    It is a strong fear. Too many times I hear it, I have lived it my self. Being in a violent relationship with someone who really does not care about "you" robs so much from you...
    SassyBabe39 SassyBabe39 41-45, F 2 Responses Jul 15

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    I have very few fears, but the ones i do have are paralyzing. Open water, arachnids, large canines make my nerves go crazy. But to be fair, each fear was branded on me by an...
    xxxCL4Yxxx xxxCL4Yxxx 16-17, M 1 Response Jul 20

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