I know driving, but afraid to drive cars

@ajithlal (14569)
India
April 14, 2009 4:39am CST
I know driving and got license, but I am afraid of driving cars in the traffic. I drive in the national highway and straight roads. I am afraid of driving in the heavy traffic. What should I do? I learned driving and drive well and got my license, but it is now years since I drove a car. Should I continue trying to drive and drive a car?
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14 responses
@Darkwing (21588)
14 Apr 09
You have to find a way of overcoming your fear, my friend. Maybe start using the busier roads gradually, say once a month to start with, and increase it. I'm sure you'll find it's far less scary than it appears to be. Brightest Blessings.
@ajithlal (14569)
• India
15 Apr 09
I think I should try to overcome my fear.
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@Darkwing (21588)
16 Apr 09
Yes, it's like a phobia but you can overcome it with some positive thoughts. It's best to do it gradually though, rather than jump straight in with both feet! You'll be fine... you have the determination and I know you can do it, my friend.
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@ajithlal (14569)
• India
2 Jun 09
I have started driving to some extend in the busy roads. Thanks for the encouragement and motivation. I have done it for three to four days. I think I have to continue doing it.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
14 Apr 09
I would keep to the highways and straight roads and avoid the heavy traffic. It would be best to keep your license and drive once in a while, but I would depend more on the buses or taxis. Maybe you can take short trips with only a few cars on the road, but I would keep your license, because it might come a time when you would need it.
@ajithlal (14569)
• India
16 Apr 09
I also think I should try taking short trips.
• Malaysia
14 Apr 09
You should drive more often to build up your confidence. Driving regularly will get your driving better and erase all fear of driving on big roads.
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@ajithlal (14569)
• India
14 Apr 09
I also think driving regularly will help driving better.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
14 Apr 09
I would try to continue driving and maybe that will help you feel more at ease with it. I would only do it as you feel like it though if possible.
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@ajithlal (14569)
• India
15 Apr 09
I also think good practice is needed for driving and I should continue driving.
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
Well, I also find driving in traffic a bit more difficult than driving in highways. Highways are just straight roads and the distance of cars are far from each other. While driving in traffic is bumper to bumper and more tiring for the legs cause of frequent stepping on the breaks and clutch. You shouldn't be afraid to drive in traffic. If you drive in traffic everyday you'll get used to it too. It's just a matter of practice and confidence. Just always be attentive to the cars all around you when you're in traffic. Avoid swerving and be ready to step on the breaks. Drive safely. Ciao!
@ajithlal (14569)
• India
16 Apr 09
Yes highways are straight road and there is always lots of room to drive.
@PinkyPosh (226)
• Canada
14 Apr 09
This is quite a usual problem with many people. Just don't give up. If you could drive in a national highway, why can't you in a heavy traffic. Know what??? The risk is less in heavy traffic compared to a highway. Daily in the early hours, take your car through the main roads where you feel the traffic would be more. Get familiar with the roads with less traffic. Then slowly push your timings and get going in the traffic. You will catch up with the traffic very quickly.
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@ajithlal (14569)
• India
15 Apr 09
I think it is just the traffic that scares me on and that I have to drive slowly changing gears and apply brakes.
@rocketsky (1014)
• China
14 Apr 09
dont be afraid of it dear fiend i am praticing driving too now . i like driving it and if you get used to it you will be happy to see what you have learned :)
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@ajithlal (14569)
• India
11 Jun 09
I am trying to drive in the city now a days. I had done couple of times with a friend sitting near me and guiding me.
@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
15 Apr 11
Well, I am 46, have driven before, but do not want to drive anymore. Have not driven in a long long time. Sometimes I wish I did since we have owned New cars in my Married life since like 2001, and now own a 2011 Toyota Prius. But driving scares me too so I continue to have to rely on my husband or others to be able to get around.
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@ajithlal (14569)
• India
15 May 11
I hope you start driving once again.
@jpso138 (7868)
• Philippines
16 Apr 09
Yes, you should. It is just a matter of exposure and of course the guts to drive. For the meantime, you may ask someone to ride with you. Perhaps someone who is good in driving to give you company and advise you the things to watch with when you drive. Well, I am sure that as you continue to drive, you will find driving easy later on and you will be confident. Best to you and drive safely.
@ajithlal (14569)
• India
24 Mar 12
This discussion was started three years ago and now with more exposure I am having little panic in driving. I also think with more exposure most people can learn not only driving, but also all the new things in life.
• India
16 Apr 09
No problem sir,Just make a habbit of driving in evening times in a lonely roads and get in touch with everything like applying breaks,clutch,gears in right time as you told you already did years ago and this will helps you to get in good touch with them and why don't you go to nearby play ground which is big so that you can drive as you like and you can get good confidence on you and next on roads in your city in holidays or any festivals so that traffic will be less compared to weekdays isn't it? Does that makes any sense dear?
@ajithlal (14569)
• India
7 May 11
Yes dear. It does makes sense. I also think it is good to practice to get more confidence.
@subha12 (18453)
• India
15 Apr 09
Driving is something that needs confident. Initially it may be fearful to drive in crowded city roads. try to build confidence. it will help
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@ajithlal (14569)
• India
16 Apr 09
I will certainly try my best and try to increase my confidence.
@sarcos (201)
• New Zealand
15 Apr 09
Yes you must continue to drive a car . I used to be terrified when I got behind the wheel but as time has gone on I have gained confidence and heavy traffic doesn't faze me. I also found that if you have to find where you are going and looking for your signs and such. The traffic becomes just background. You are aware of it but you are to busy finding where you are going they kind of disappear.That is how I got used to the heavy traffic.And you must go with the flow if everyone is doing such and such a speed you must too
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@ajithlal (14569)
• India
1 Jan 11
I am now driving okay and I think I need to drive more to get more confidence.
@jheLaichie (4439)
• Philippines
20 Apr 09
well, for me, yes!!! you really should continue driving a car. even i still dont got my license yet because it always got expired. but still i forced myself to drive again because of its benefits it could give me. thats why dont be afraid... just drive and drive safely my friend.
@pink_lady (361)
• Philippines
20 Apr 09
Yes, same here. I even enrolled in a driving lesson, but until now I haven't drove our car. But when i was enrolled in the driving lesson I drive the car very well. Maybe it's the thought of there's someone guiding me and there is my instructor who assists me. But I will never give up, I want to drive on my own. Just have the strong will and we can do it.