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I Overcame My Fear of Driving

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 106 People

    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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    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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    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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    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'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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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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 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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    Wolfy14 Wolfy14 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 23

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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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    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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    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'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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    Of semis. But only when both my vehicle and the semi are moving. I start to freak out. They could be on the farthest lane on the opposite direction and I'll feel my hairs raise in...
    LustlyVareDe LustlyVareDe 18-21, F Oct 27

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    But when the time comes, I'd like to go like my grandpa... in his sleep... not screaming in terror like the poor sap's in the car he was driving!
    johnstlouis johnstlouis 56-60, M Nov 9

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    I've been hit by lightning in a car with my mother driving in 1997 when tornados hit Detroit Michigan. <3
    FinnAhGinn FinnAhGinn 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 12

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    Fear of life We are a living part of creation empowered by spirit. Inside each living creature lives a soul. It pushes us drives us affects us in every possible way. Every faith...
    anamikanta anamikanta 31-35 Nov 9

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    This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get, "why should we fear God?" The short and simple answer is this, He is the giver and taker of life! The long answer, is a...
    QuickandtheDead QuickandtheDead 46-50, M 4 Responses Nov 3

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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 Oct 30

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    "We have nothing to fear but fear itself," Franklin D. Roosevelt A lot can be said about fear but it tells an untold story in a persons past. Fear isn't something that just...
    Tomorrowsday Tomorrowsday 26-30, M Oct 31

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    I am afraid of myself and the darkness inside me. Technically speaking I am afraid of myself, afraid of losing myself to the dark. I have never been afraid of the darkness around...
    StormianaGraymane14 StormianaGraymane14 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 1

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    I don't have many... Not right now, anyway. I fear the ocean (even though I love learning about it and everything inside of it, I do NOT like to be in it. You never know what's...
    sugarcakes143 sugarcakes143 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 2

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    I have once drove 13 hours straight. That how much I love driving. And it sucks that I get scared of driving and crashing again. I crashed twice last week and got so depressed that...
    dusk12 dusk12 22-25, T Nov 9

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    I m tired of worry too much. I know the fact is repetition can make fear go away. I bite my lips and singing in my heart to keep going keep trying. At least I know what I want. To...
    Mangostrawberrybanana Mangostrawberrybanana 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 4

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    my sweetheart and I have been together for over a year. we love each other deeply.. but we've hurt each other so much most of that year.. I have a bad past and so does he.. so he...
    trmhippygirl7 trmhippygirl7 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 31

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    I face my fears... Sort of. My worst fear is drowning but I still surf and swim as deep as I can. The amount of times I almost drowned is probably higher than most people's but I...
    Lindsy18 Lindsy18 13-15, F Nov 11

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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 2 Responses Oct 28

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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 Oct 27

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    Ok, so i have, well.. a lot of fears, but there's three that have stuck with me through my 17 years of life. First of all, one word. Spiders. Even the name sends shivers down my...
    lc543 lc543 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 1

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    I'm not sure many people realize that there's a difference between wishing for death, and simply being unafraid. Persistence of suicidal thoughts doesn't equate to fearlessness...
    Socialized Socialized 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 2

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    Sometimes driving fast just helps to wash away the pain and distract the mind for a little bit.... Too fast for my own good
    MrCutBleedSmile MrCutBleedSmile 18-21, M 2 Responses Nov 3

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    So um a month ago I failed my driving test first. Most of it due to nerves and I have another one in a couple of days! Can anyone help me to pass this time! Does anyone have any...
    anisha07969 anisha07969 18-21, F Nov 4

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    I just had a presentation today and I feel awful after. It has always been like that. I often ask my friends about my performance, i.e: Did I look nervous? , Was it okay? , Do...
    Starlet1206 Starlet1206 18-21 Nov 5

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    I can honestly say that I do not fear death - mainly because I had to confront my own mortality a number of times and have even been clinically dead more than once. When I was 21...
    EmperorJulian EmperorJulian 46-50, M 4 Responses Nov 5

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    OMGGGGG I HAVE THE HAPPIEST GIRL EVER!!! I PASSED MY DRIVING TEST TODAY!!!!!!!!!
    anisha07969 anisha07969 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 6

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