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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 2 Responses Sep 27, 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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 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 1 Response Sep 9

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    Wolfy14 Wolfy14 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 23

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 don't like driving. But I have to drive every day. I envy those who can choose not to drive. I can only hope that one day as I practice more, the fear will go away.
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    There is nothin like driving an older vehicle. If you haven't had the experience I hope you try it sometime. Older vehicles have soul and style. People wave and give thumbs up that...
    Livinthepast Livinthepast 22-25, M 11 hrs ago

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    Fear is an emotional response to a perceived threat. There are two kinds of fears: internal fears and external fears. If it’s internal fears which don’t base on reality nor...
    ChicaAudaz ChicaAudaz 18-21, F Oct 3

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    ...dislike doesn't come close. This guy is literally wasting time to sap as much as he can from our already financially struggling family. He's the second driving instructor I've...
    moonscapemonoxide moonscapemonoxide 16-17, F Oct 10

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    I was seventeen when I first started driving. I was scared, but excited. I knew I'd have my freedom soon. But mom was very impatient. When I got on the road, I couldn't keep the...
    ChelseaMonroe ChelseaMonroe 22-25, F Oct 16

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    Fear when expressed as scared is described as "imminent danger." Fear when expressed as anger is described as many things such as "numb, confused, overwhelmed, inadequate...
    BeautifulAddiction49 BeautifulAddiction49 46-50, F Oct 17

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    But it is. Everyday I wake up I think about my past. I can't move forward mentally. My brain is so consumed with my past self (childhood). I experienced so many trials as a kid...
    forestchild forestchild 22-25, F 1 Response 12 hrs ago

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    The tightness within The turmoil The struggle The want and desire present, but the fear of never acting upon those deepest fantasies The constant thoughts and emotions that bring a...
    ThoughtFulMoments ThoughtFulMoments 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 3

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    Should i fear death? I don't really think so. To be honest i find nothing scary about it. I do not value my life nor do i hate it. So i am stuck in a static non changing state of...
    chaoshead chaoshead 13-15, M Oct 13

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    oh this experience is such BS. We're all just a bunch of whiners who will never be satisfied. Stop measuring your life. Stop, for a second, and imagine there's no world after...
    Theworldisminenow Theworldisminenow 18-21, F 4 Responses Oct 19

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    Death is a simple concept that people tend to make it out to be something it's not. They say it's a new beginning and there's more to it. But this is simply not true all death...
    chaoshead chaoshead 13-15, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I love leather; any sort of leather clothing. There are some special moments...such as driving with soft and fitted leather gloves on. Obviously the best if they are accompained by...
    glover7474 glover7474 41-45, M Oct 2

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    I love leather; any sort of leather clothing. There are some special moments...such as driving with soft and fitted leather gloves on. Obviously the best if they are accompained by...
    glover7474 glover7474 41-45, M Oct 2

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    I love leather; any sort of leather clothing. There are some special moments...such as driving with soft and fitted leather gloves on. Obviously the best if they are accompained by...
    glover7474 glover7474 41-45, M Oct 2

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    I love driving with the capital fm on as I was tonight when one of my favourite songs comes on and my boyfriend quietly moves his hand with out me noticing and connects his phone...
    mparker7789 mparker7789 22-25, M Oct 6

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    I don't fear death because I do not believe in afterlife. I DO think I will cease to exist after death - and to me that means there's nothing about it to fear. There will be no...
    losyanya losyanya 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 8

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    I am fearless because I am the demon of fear and I know everybody's fear yes lord Satan gave me this gift and I am the demon of sins I can make people sin a lot hail lord Satan
    SonofSatan6666 SonofSatan6666 18-21, M 1 Response Oct 11

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    I don't fear death. I fear not living my life the way I want to. I fear existing in an empty way. I firmly believe that death is what make all of us whole. In life, we are all...
    misanthropemeow misanthropemeow 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 19

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    I like driving, especially in France where the roads are so much emptier than in England. Autoroutes are a joy, smoothly surfaced, clearly signed, relatively free of traffic and...
    Wyesman Wyesman 70+, M 3 Responses Oct 19

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    Texting while driving: you make think it's cool around friends, but you won't feel very cool when they're dead because of you.
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I always hated speaking publicly, presenting or being the centre of attention in fear of loosing face. Still, I volunteered every time while at uni. Now, doing my masters I am one...
    Sunflair Sunflair 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 2

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    Sometimes these vague scenes appear at the edge of my consciousness where something or somebody come up from the side with a bat or a club like they about to smash my computer up...
    VI55555 VI55555 31-35 Oct 2

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    Becoming a failure... I had always thought I will have a good paying job with a house living somewhere nice.. My Greatest fear is ended up like my dad. He is a hard working father...
    PetiteChica PetiteChica 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 10

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    Fearing the inevitable is pointless. I must admit I fear the thought of no longer existing. Eternal nothingness maybe but is it really nothingness if you're not there to experience...
    Saphic33 Saphic33 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 11