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!