Driving Scares Me!

Okay, so I am a 16 year old boy and my parents just got me a brand new 2012 Kia Soul and I am so scared to drive it. I live in Florida, where everyone here is old, drunk, or just too retarded to drive. I've seen what fatal accidents can do and it's disturbing.. I just am afraid I am going to like run into someone or pull out in front of a car... Traffic down here is horrendous and all the traffic scares me..

Can some of you please give me some assurance or advice to help ease my mind? Thank you in advance!
GuessWhoHatesFL GuessWhoHatesFL
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2 Responses Apr 28, 2012

Driving for more than a year now, I can say that driving does not scare me. As a matter of fact, I am a pretty aggressive driver.

I've lived in Jacksonville, Orlando, and New Port Richie. I think the scariest place was New Port Richie because of all the blind, deaf, retirees.We even had a bumper sticker on our car that said, "I survived U.S. 19. U.S. 19 was the main thoroughfare between New Port Richie and Tampa. There was always a crash because someone couldn't see, hear, or drive the speed limit. I remember one in particular when a woman drove into the plate glass window of a bank. When the office told her he would need to do a field sobriety test on her she said it would do no good. When he asked her why, her reply was, "because I'm blind from diabetes and my husband lost his legs to diabetes. So, he tells me when to speed up, when to stop, when to turn left or right. This time he told me to stop and I thought I had my foot on the brake pedal and when I pushed harder we jumped the barrier and ran into the window." Now that is scary. I don't know where you live, but just observe the speed limits and all traffic signs and I think you'll do just fine.

Oh! By the way, a few years ago I developed epilepsy, so as to not have the scars of making a child an orphan, or taking a child from its parents, I went to the drivers license beaure and turned in my license for a state I.D. card. I'd rather be a passenger than take the chance of making someones life miserable because I knew I shouldn't have been driving.