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I Overcame My Fear of Driving

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    Wolfy14 Wolfy14 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 23

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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'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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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

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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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    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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    I want to list my fears hoping to get over them one day Fear of judgement, rejection, abandonment Fear of loneliness Fear of getting lost Fear of not being enough Fear of driving...
    Mangostrawberrybanana Mangostrawberrybanana 31-35, F Dec 8

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    I have my 2nd driving lesson today. The first time I only did steering and was really wonky and scared of driving. I have my 2nd one today after 6 months of the first one. I'm so...
    depressiondsjsns depressiondsjsns 26-30, F Nov 26

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    "I didn't want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that's really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you're so...
    T055 T055 16-17, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    This applies to all of my loved ones. and, no, I don't mean the fear of abandonment but the fear of losing any of my loved ones to death. It haunts me, especially the thought of...
    lauren71 lauren71 41-45, F Dec 3

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    I just hate driving on the highway/ expressway. I only feel comfortable driving to places I know. I just get so much anxiety
    christarose96 christarose96 18-21, F Dec 6

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    I fear love, I fear falling in love, I fear losing my friends, I fear that the person that I love will die, I fear that someone that I know will die. I don't wanna love anymore...
    Ummaperson Ummaperson 13-15, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    in past, i lost many great opportunities of enjoying certain things, and getting new life experiences.......... i feared that people will laugh at me if i dont do a certain thing...
    LittleCreates LittleCreates 22-25, M 3 Responses Dec 5

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    this. 1. one of my main goals for some period. it scares me to say "one of my main goals from now on",seems like a long period, now here's one fear! 2. fight fear, i want to stop...
    alogo alogo 26-30 3 days ago

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    I sing at the top of my lungs and enjoy every second of driving alone.
    laylagirl1 laylagirl1 41-45, F 2 Responses Nov 28

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    I have been sad for a very long time. When I was eight years old, my father left my mother for another woman, thus destroying my family. I cannot explain how this felt, because I...
    classicslove classicslove 26-30, F 4 Responses Nov 30

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    I m home safe , I acknowledge the fact that I m lucky enough to have made it home. But I was so scared driving in snowy night. Not much I could see and other cars trying to get...
    Mangostrawberrybanana Mangostrawberrybanana 31-35, F Dec 3

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    (Pic) Best believe I blast the radio when I drive. People next to me always look at me weird but I could care less haha. Singing is too much fun while driving.
    EmiTru EmiTru 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 7

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    i want to start going to the gym to workout and get me back into shape and loses same what but the fear of being judged by others is holding me back. i can see my self going to...
    wolf2020 wolf2020 18-21, M 2 Responses Dec 10

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    I enjoy driving naked from time to time. It relaxes and excites me at the same time. I work nights and get off about 4AM. I have a 40 minute drive, mostly on country roads. I...
    Driver14 Driver14 51-55, M Dec 13

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    Sometimes I like to drive in the daylight naked taking a chance on being seen naked. To be honest I want to be seen naked. I just do not want to get in trouble. I wish more people...
    Driver14 Driver14 51-55, M 1 Response Dec 13

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    I don't fear death because I've felt like I was dead for the longest. Nothing is more fearful in my opinion, then living a dead life....existing instead of thriving and living...
    SpanishRose10 SpanishRose10 31-35, F 5 days ago

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    Driving is where I am at home. Open road and a cigarette. Pulling 5 ton, the engines roar is a quiet whisper compared to the radio blaring. The sun shines brightly in my eyes and I...
    RocknR14 RocknR14 31-35, F 4 days ago

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    This is a really strong subject to me, and it makes me cry anytime I think about it. I've lost a friend to a car accident, the driver in the other car was texting and crossed the...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Do you have a fear of vomiting? i had it last night i had to grow through it. there was no way out. i felt like this is what life is all about. even if you don't want to confront...
    maubunt maubunt 26-30, M 2 Responses Nov 26

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    I have never feared death. I know where I will be going when I die so what is there to fear. Sometimes I have over thought it but then again there is no such thing as over thinking...
    batman1104 batman1104 13-15, M 1 Response Nov 27

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    I don't fear it for myself. I fear it for my children.
    moreandless moreandless 56-60, M Nov 30

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    So I am working on a business plan. I don't have any previous experience so I need to learn a lot of things... Last weekend I set a task for myself to finish. I spent hours...
    Loufree Loufree 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 2

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    I don't fear death. Death fears me.
    jack3683 jack3683 16-17, M 4 Responses Dec 5

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