How long will it take for you to drive confidently after getting driving license

@shenfei (188)
China
March 25, 2008 11:22am CST
I got my driving license last year. I studied hard in driving school but I still feel not capable enough to drive myself. A lot of my classmates feel the same way. I do think the method the diving school using to train us so impractical. Dose this happen to you too?
3 responses
• United States
26 Mar 08
It happens to me and I have been driving for 30 years. I take driving very seriously, I think when you get too confident you will probably get in an accident. I don't ever want to hurt anyone with my car. I'm glad to see you take it seriously, too many people don't, especially young people like you.
@shenfei (188)
• China
27 Mar 08
Thank you. I have been and will be taking it seriously. I just hope to become skilled at driving sooner. I don't wanna be a racing car driver.Just being common is OK for me. I don't have a car. So I think lack of enough practice maybe part of this problem. I need to practise more, carefully, of course.
@nicholejade (2430)
• Canada
25 Mar 08
Some people are born drivers where others are not. I for one am a driver that was born to drive. I started driving at a young age from uncles, parents and grandparents. They really taught me to appreciate driving. Before I even went through drivers ed I pretty much experienced everything that could happen to a person while driving. Once I went to drivers ed I honestly didn't learn anything. I knew what the lights, stop signs, markings on the road etc all ment. Drivers ed is not all about learning what the road means. You need real experience behind the wheel, real experiences that happen on the road everyday. No book in the world will tell a person what is going to happen in their driving years. You take things as they come and learn and grow from the experiences first hand. You could be the best driver in the world but in reality it's more so you have to watch for the other people on the road. I for one think about 50% if not more should not even have a licence. And it's really the truth. They never learned from driving or the experiences they had. And they wonder why the get honked, flipped the bird etc. I have every licence that you can get. I used to drive semi. Not anymore as I grew out of that stage. But in winter months I drive my truck and in the summer providing it's nice to drive I drive my motorcycle. Am I a professional driver? NO. No one will ever be a professional driver they are experienced. Nothing more and nothing less. I am an experienced driver and have learned and grown from all the occurances that I have had to endure over time. I learned from my mistakes, corrected them and kepted on going. The only thing I can tell you is to get behind the wheel and drive. Be aware of your surroundings, and other drivers and you will overcome this fear you have of driving.
• United States
25 Mar 08
I never really felt that way. I was confident enough that I was ready to drive the day I got my license. I was probably ready to drive even before I gotten my license; I got over most of my fears and apprehensions about driving during my first driver's ed road lesson. After about half an hour, I was as comfortable as I could be. It really depends on how you take the information at the driving school. I think you have to take a combination of those teachings, common sense, and real road experience. I believe that I am still learning about driving, nearly 9 years after first getting my license. Get behind the wheel! Good luck!