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I Overcame My Fear of Driving

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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'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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    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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    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...
    blackdarkstar009 blackdarkstar009 18-21, M Jun 21, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 29, 2007

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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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    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 was so damn quiet in my class n was nt much popular.. I was always alone.. I loved to sing but my music teachers never would take me into the school music team for any...
    nixf1 nixf1 22-25, F Jul 29

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    Last night I almost ended an amazing relationship because I was so scared. Why do I allow fear to cripple me this much? Why do I let it beat me down like this? I wish I knew how to...
    Starkillera Starkillera 22-25, F 10 hrs ago

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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 Jul 27

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    Mom is protective, she tell me everything that could go wrong, I live in fear , I do everything carefully, exhausting, feeling so negative Dad yells at me, his way of telling want...
    Mangostrawberrybanana Mangostrawberrybanana 31-35, F 5 days ago

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    A few years back I was very depressed and it seemed like everything horrible that could possibly happen did. I started cutting, stopped eating, and shut everybody out of my life...
    Avery1313 Avery1313 13-15, F Jul 21

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    My story can be quite a long one, but to sum it up semi-quickly I had started cutting myself on my 16th birthday. I truly can't remember what had caused me to start, I just know...
    LostInALife LostInALife 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 25

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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...
    missyluvsmissy4me missyluvsmissy4me 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 31

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    I probably fear life more than I fear death. There are far worse things in life than there are in death. I’d like to think of death as a liberation of struggles, diseases...
    TheGreatLeveler TheGreatLeveler 22-25, M 4 Responses Jul 31

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    I love driving my '92 caddy around the city at night. I got it from my grampa and I have a Korean War veteran license plate. I'm so ******* blessed to have such an awesome *** car...
    boba729 boba729 16-17, M Aug 2

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    Well I don't wear Driving Gloves but I do wear Black Leather Gloves when driving in the winter I love the feel of them on the steering wheel and the sound of them it gets a better...
    Mkopli Mkopli 31-35, M 5 days ago

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    I applied for my provisional licence at 17, had driving lessons and past my driving test first time! ;-)
    queerinthehead queerinthehead 41-45, M 3 days ago

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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 4 Responses Jul 26

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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 Jul 28

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    I enjoy nothing more that driving around my local area naked during the day, I carry a towel in the car just in case i have to cover up. Most people who notice me just smile. It is...
    rbray52 rbray52 56-60, M Jul 31

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    Love this, just driving around with someone listening to music and talking...
    Daisymay77 Daisymay77 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 2

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    Sometimes. When I just feel the need to get away. I go fill up the tank. Put a blanket and a pillow in the back. Maybe a flask of coffee and a pack of biscuits. And late at night...
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 2

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    Woohoo finished my weekly practice for driving. It was fun but I realize I tend to get weak at the knees when I get out of the car....... Gotta practice. A couple more months til...
    whassupoldlady whassupoldlady 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 3

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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 was on a business trip out of town last week and had the chance to do a little shopping. I found a cute pair of Wedge Sandals at Target and purchased them. My flight home was...
    jamie50 jamie50 51-55 1 Response 3 days ago

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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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    All my life I have lived in fear of social rejection. My family immigrated to the U.S. when I was 6 and I could not speak a word of English. I was sent to live with my aunt who...
    MNRR MNRR 36-40 1 Response Jul 27

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    Fear is beautiful, well depends how you look at it with the sort of soul you have problem is, can you handle fear? To conquer fear, look at yourself in the mirror and make all...
    kamachulu kamachulu 22-25, M Jul 29

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    Everybody has fears wheather they admit it or not. My big fear is astraphobia ( fear of storms) Heavy rain I can handle. Loud thunderstorms make me really nervous.
    pardax pardax 13-15, M Aug 2

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    I have a fear of body odor. I realize it is a strange and irrational fear, but I am terrified of body odor. I take 3 showers a day, always have my lush brand deodorant, and carry...
    MaryLiz94 MaryLiz94 18-21, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    This fear IS normal.. how significant a part it plays out in our lives is very much down to us the individual. However ..if we didn't have this fear, we just wouldn't be human...
    Mmmcherries Mmmcherries 46-50, F 4 days ago

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    I don't fear death, I fear what happens to my loved ones that I leave behind, that I can no longer protect, I've been close to death many times, my heart has actually stopped 2...
    HeadStrongPro HeadStrongPro 16-17, M 1 day ago