- Apr 13, 2020
Hi Everyone, I’m 20 years old and I have a major fear of driving. I think the parts that scare me the most is not knowing what’s going to happening and I don’t want to hurt anyone or myself. I do have my license and I’m in college. However I haven’t driven since 2017 and every time I try to drive I feel like I’m having a panic attack and my hands become shaky. However, by me not driving it’s holding me back from a lot of opportunities I want to get over this fear. Another thing my mom always tells people about my fear of driving and people always say “Your really scared of driving?”, “So when are you going to start driving?”, “Everyone drives so you need to also?”.I feel like it’s none of their business I’m well aware I need to start driving I wish people gave helpful advice instead of stating the obvious or judging me. I recently asked my parents could I practice at a nearby building so I can get back comfortable driving but said they I’m way past that stage and that I need to just get on the road and go. I don’t want to get on the busy road (heavy traffic where I live) until I’m confident in what I’m doing. I wish I hadn’t of been scared when I first learned because now my parents don’t want to help. The people around me really don’t understand that driving anxiety is a very real thing and most people try to shame me or laugh. Can someone give me helpful advice on how they overcame driving anxiety?