I Never Learned to Drive

14 thoughts on “I Never Learned to Drive”

  1. I would equate driving like riding a bike — ok, wait, you can ride a bike? Thank you for sharing, and no, it is not weird. Maybe a little inconvenient, but not weird. Although, I will be sure to stay a few hundred miles / kilometres / continents away just to be safe. The positive, just consider the freedom conquering this hurdle will offer you! Enjoy the adventure — and keep looking back in the rearview mirror as it will be amazing to see what you have accomplished!

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    1. I am 32 and don’t know how to drive. I am glad I am not the only one around my age who never learned how. I am very fearful of driving, and reading this gave me courage to get out there and try.

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      1. I know how you feel. I still haven’t gotten my license but I haven’t given up. As soon as the weather clears up here I will be back behind the wheel and practicing. Good luck to you!

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    1. I am still working on it (might write another post on the subject) but there has been significant progress. My biggest hurdle is the fear I have of other drivers on the road. I am learning to be more confident in my ability to asses the environment around me and determine what is safe to do. I hope to have my license by the end of the summer. Wish me luck! :)

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      1. Take a defensive driving course. Keep just a healthy amount of that fear, but trust that what keeps most of us idiots safe on the road is the fact that none of us wants to have or cause that kind of a bad day. There’s a lot of self-interest in NOT screwing up – and most humans can be counted on to do what’s in their self-interest.

        Phone goes in your back pocket or passenger seat – does not get touched unless the car’s in park. Watch for distracted drivers; don’t BE one of them. You’ll be fine. And we’re still working on it here in my household, too, but getting closer! End of summer’s our goal here, too.

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  2. I really enjoyed this post.
    It took a lot of courage to openly write about your fear of driving. You posted it and made it public. Good for you.
    I use to love to drive, except in large cities. I don’t like interstate driving in traffic. They have always overwhelmed me. I would do it IF I HAD to. I would also worry myself silly before hand. When I had to I would do IT in the middle of the night.
    What I did love to do and still love to do but don’t get a chance is:
    I love driving back roads that go on and on and from one to the next . Never ending. I love to drive in the mountains.
    I love road trips.

    Nowadays, I don’t drive much at all.
    I love to drive the short distance here at home ….Out in the country.
    I don’t like driving in town any more.
    It scares me.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Sarah

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  3. I do enjoy empty back roads too, the kind that go on and on. I especially like them at night and when there are no other cars in sight. Other than that I hate driving! I am working on it though :)

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  4. Hi Lisa,
    We know a lot of the same people. I know Sarah, Holly, Ellen, Donna….
    When I was 16 everyone I knew was learning to drive. I wasn’t ready. I can related. If I hadn’t been in California where everyone has a car, I probably wouldn’t have ever learned to drive either. No embarrassment necessary. In some places like NY, not everyone drives, they take cabs or public transportation.
    You visited my site today, and I wanted to thank you. I’m glad you liked my post about where to find 3,000 blog followers.
    Janice

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    1. I wish I lived somewhere where I didn’t have to drive! I actually hope to take my driving test soon. I still have a lot of anxiety around driving but it’s much better.

      Thanks for stopping by in return :)

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  5. I hear you. I’m also 29 and I’ve never gotten a license, though I have driven on more than a few occasions. The shame (especially around women) that this has caused me is now unbearable. It has made me feel worthless, immature (which is ridiculous, being that driving has NOTHING to do with maturity, it’s just another skill plain and simple) however, I feel like it is something I must do for myself in order to feel confident and self – actualized. This is mostly due to the sheer emphasis and stigma that is associated with driving in modern civilization. I would have much rather learned to ride a horse, but those days are gone. I’m glad to have encountered this article as it shows me I’m not the only one.

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