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I have my L plates, but I never want to go driving. I just scare myself and always get worked up about driving. I never know why I am so scared. I know it might sound crazy. I’ve never been in a accident, I’ve just seen a lot of road rage. Do you think there is something wrong with me, or are there others that are scared too?


Posted anonymously, 12th June 2014


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  • Congrats ,No, this is common fear. Even now I don’t like unfamiliar territory . Yu are on your L’s and that is a great achievement . Due to the road laws , L drivers are not allowed to drive without a licenced driver. So maybe to relieve your fears is to make sure the person who is going to teach you is a patient person and the best person to start off with is have a few lessons with an instructed teacher at a proper driving school as they are trained to teach. Do not let your husband or boyfriend teach you as unless they are patient and know how to be calm , then they cant help you alleviate your fears and might make them worse. Stick to a few professional lessons so to learn the basics and after a few weeks you will find that as your confidence builds your fears will minimise . Good luck !

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  • scared of driving

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  • nice exellent

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  • There is NOTHING wrong with you. Its very stressful to learn how to drive. If you have the spare coin, start with a couple of lessons with a registered instructor. Go auto so you don’t get the extra stress of worrying about 2 feet.

    Once you’ve done that, start with little trips, 15 minutes etc. with someone you can trust.

    You are not alone. Mr 16 is in the same boat as you. I have to push him (not too hard otherwise he stressed out more) to give little trips a go. I try to avoid spots that I know can be difficult.

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  • A lot of people are scared of driving; I suggest you find a good and sympathetic instructor. They are often found by word of mouth via friends and family. Good Luck!

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  • You are not alone. I put off getting a drivers license for as many years as I possibly could as I preferred to walk etc. I just had no interest for driving…then work gradually started changing our roles and driving became a requirement so I went and got my learners. Absolutely loathe having to get out and about in Sydney this way, ended up finishing at my work and am now in the stressful predicament of having to get my full license as a lot of jobs are requesting it :/

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  • My sister took 23 year to get her licence. During this time she had a learners off and on serval times.

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  • It depends on what City you are learning to drive in. I grew up I. Canberra and have to admit the roads there are so much better, I moved to. Sydney 15 years ago and used to be petrified of driving I the city,I ended up getting a job as a road rep, so had to drive all over the city. The more you drive the more experience and confidence you will get.. Practise makes perfect.

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  • Im on my L’s aswell for the first time in my life, im 32, i have been out driving a few times but havent for a while now, i get scared and worked up aswell, im hoping to get better and be able to go out driving more, but i hate cars being so close behind me, i would be a good driver if there was no cars on the road other than myself, you will get there just like me. Keep at it and just concentrate on yourself and believe in yourself, thats what i have to do.

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  • I got my Ls many years ago and after a few attempts of driving I stopped but now I really regret it as I never tried again biggest regret

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  • Im sure you wouldnt be alone. I can understand that you might be scared but try and think of the good that it will bring rather than the bad. Think of the freedom you will feel. Goodluck

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  • same here..i just came back home after dropping my 5 year old to school…on foot. it was freezing/ rainy, windy out there and i kept scolding my self on my way back that i must learn to drive as there was a car parked in our driveway…i want to now but i am scared always

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  • I don’t really like driving either, but I try to plan my trip so I don’t find myself stuck in the wrong lane and things like that. I think most drivers are more comfortable taking a familiar route, so just go to somewhere local till you get used to things :)

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  • There is nothing wrong with you and you will get more confidence when time goes by. You will turn out to be one of the drivers that take care on the road. Every one goes through this and some comes down to your own personality. You can and one day will do it with out getting to worked up but there is no law stating you have to do it now or by a certain date so just take your time and allow yourself to fell more comfortable about it. You see so many stupid things now on the road but see if some one will take you on a nice quite country road where there is really no cars or street lights and things like that and build your self up that way. Once you feel fine there than go a little further and even if you eventually go into a country town to try traffic and just keep doing baby steps. In saying that if you still feel like this than also remember there also is nothing written in stone that even says you have to drive. All the best with what ever you decide to do

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  • I fully understand what you mean. I have never ever been game enough to even go for a license as I’m scared of being that responsible of being behind the wheel of a car. Yes I’ve had both my husband and sister both try and get me to drive in which I did but I hated it. So in my 40’s and I have never driven. I have two boys and have been lucky that child care, primary and high school are all within an 20 minute walk. So don’t feel back if you don’t want to drive than just don’t your choice. By the way my mum who is in her late 70’s has never driven either ( she had 10 kids)

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