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4 Reasons Why I Don’t Have A Driver’s License.

Hello,

Getting a driver’s license is a huge step and it’s an accomplishment that usually signals the transformation from childhood into adulthood. Most people get them in high school and it’s a cause for celebration. For me though, the whole ordeal is a cause for panic and anxiety. As I’m growing older, the pressure is building for me to get my driver’s license. I thought I’d share four of the reasons as to why I am hesitant to start driving.

Distracted Drivers. People text while driving all the time and it’s doubtful that they’re ever going to stop. Those who do it seem to think that they’re good at it, as if that makes it okay. What scares me more than that, though, is this: It’s 2015 and people are still drinking and driving. Killing people and ruining others’ lives with their recklessness.

Speed Demons. Drivers go way too fast! Period. They tailgate others, wait until the very last-minute to brake, and speed through narrow winding roads. Playing with fate everyday.

Personal Experience. Wednesday morning, my dad and I went out to look at backpacks for the upcoming school year. About five minutes away from my house, there is this merging of the lanes that is really tricky. It seems like no one ever knows who has the right of way and who doesn’t. It causes a lot of trouble for drivers everyday. At this part of the road, while merging, a car came speeding from behind and side-swiped us. No one was hurt, thank goodness, but it was still cause for internal panic. My dad immediately pulled over and the other car…well, the other car didn’t. They sped off just as quick as they came and no one was able to get a plate number. They didn’t slow down and surely didn’t seem to care that they could have just injured someone. It’s been a really long time since I’ve been in a car accident, the last time being when I was under 5 years old. Being in them and seeing them on TV is enough to keep me out of the driver’s seat.

Anxiety. Growing up, dreams of being behind the wheel and the cause of a nasty crash were prevalent. As if those weren’t enough, I was moments away from having a panic attack my first time behind the wheel.

I guess everything just boils down to trust: I don’t trust other drivers and I don’t trust myself behind the wheel. However, driving is a skill that I need to obtain. So I’m sure that eventually I will be blogging about the adventure surrounding driving.

What scares you the most about driving and how old were you when you started? Let me know!

~K.D.

 

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4 thoughts on “4 Reasons Why I Don’t Have A Driver’s License.

  1. I koke that it would take a lot for me to to pay attention to all the things there are to pay attention to. I have slightly under average attention/focus skills. You have to focus on the road on the signs on all the other cars on the sides of the roads on what your car is telling you on where you are supposed to be going. yikes it’s just too much and makes me anxious feeling about drivig somethin that could do a lot of damage!

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  2. I still get nervous every time I get behind the wheel and I have been driving for 7 years and drive for a living! I always have dreams of being in terrible crashes and being put on life support or my life being put completely upside down. To be honest, I think knowing that bad things can happen makes me a better driver because I am way more alert for the stupidity of the other occupants of the road.

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  3. I’ve had several driving lessons and even 2 tests. I failed both and it’s gotten to the point where I give up. It’s too much for me, all of the things you’ve got to focus on and my brain stops working if i’m not sure what to do or if there’s too much to take in. I’m fine with not driving my whole life but mum and everyone else keeps nagging on at me to get my license and they don’t understand why I don’t want to.

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    1. I completely understand! Though I haven’t gotten as far as lessons or exams. I don’t think that there is anything inherently wrong with not driving. There are so many other options available to us. Thank you for reading. ~K.D.

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