I’m so scared to drive-should I just take buses?

Question by sky blue: I’m so scared to drive-should I just take buses?
I’m 19 and still don’t have my license. I had my permit but then I was out of country for 1 year and now it’s expired.
Even when I had my permit, I practiced in parking lots and stuff but it’s way different when driving on actual streets.
I just feel like I’m not responsible enough to drive- there are so many car accidents nowadays and I definitely cannot be responsible for someone’s life or injury. I once was in a car accident when my friend was driving, and though nobody was seriously injured the other driver’s car was really damaged, and the police officers were so mean to us because it was our fault, and from that moment I became even more scared.
My mom tells me that I have to get my license but she won’t understand how scared I am. I know people think I’m weird for not having a license but I think buses and walking are easier and safer.

Is it weird that I don’t want a license?
What should I do? No mean or negative comments please.

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Answer by Nigel M
If public transit meets your needs, there is no reason to get your license. For me, a combination of walking, biking, bus and light rail cover 95% of my transportation needs. Having it cover 100% would save me more money, and reduce my carbon foot print.

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6 thoughts on “I’m so scared to drive-should I just take buses?”

  1. I believe that you should still get a license. It’s okay to have fears, everybody does.
    You should get a license because what if one day, you somehow don’t have a fear of driving anymore and you don’t have a license? Or what if there is an emergency and you don’t have a license that proves you’re qualified to drive a car?
    In my opinion / advice I think you should still get a license, just in case, but get one and take a bus if you want to. If you do have to drive just drive more carefully and relax while you drive. Keep a clear mind and stay awake.

  2. Your feelings are not too unusual, but there are options to help you get over your fear and discomfort. Start from scratch and take driving lessons from a reputable school. Look for one that offers one-on-one training for nervous drivers with more emphasis on defensive driving techniques.

    Also, don’t let one bad experience ruin it for you. The ability to drive is important, but you can live without it. Keep in mind that you can still walk and take public transit and just drive when you really need to.

    Good luck.

  3. I was scared when I started driving and now it’s no big deal. A lot of people go through this fear of driving at first, but it always passes. If more people didn’t drive for your reasons, there will be less accidents. Not that many teens would say, “I just feel like I’m not responsible enough to drive.” Most people feel driving is a right when it’s not, it’s a privilege. At least you know accidents can happen (and there’s always a cause by another driver or yourself) and you’ll be more careful and a defensive driver when you do learn how to drive. As long you don’t do anything aggressive that could cause an accident and watch and be prepared for what another driver may do, you’ll be fine. And in case you make a mistake that causes an accident, that’s why you have insurance.

    Try not to be scared while driving. That will make matters worst and you might not drive good.

    Go and find a driving school where you can learn to drive.

  4. Hi, I hope my comments come over in a positive way.If you don’t want to drive then don’t. If you are nervous about driving but want to find yourself a good instructor that will build your confidence. I went for my license as soon as I could as I knew I wouldn’t bother if I got older.

    IMO nervous drivers are worse than aggresive ones. You know an aggresive driver will react in a certain way, but nervous drivers are unpredictable. Be confident and sure and you’ll be fine.

    As for the police, keep quiet until a lawyer is present.

  5. “… Even when I had my permit, I practiced in parking lots and stuff but it’s way different when driving on actual streets…”

    Oh yeah! On the streets you have to avoid all of the idiots.

    “…many car accidents nowadays and I definitely cannot be responsible for someone’s life or injury. I once was in a car accident when my friend was driving… the police officers were so mean to us because it was our fault…”

    Your friends’ fault, not yours. And you are wrong about “many car accidents nowadays. The accident rate, per registered vehicle and per millions of miles driven, has dropped dramatically over the past few decades.

    Your feeling not responsible enough to drive proves that you are. It’s a Catch-22. If you feel inadaquate you take extra care and avoid accidents. It is not until you start feeling that you are responsible enough that you let your guard down and have an accident.

    “…I know people think I’m weird for not having a license but I think buses and walking are easier and safer….”

    mmmmm…. no. on *average* a bus may be safer; but you are not average. Not to mention that public transportation does not go everywhere and is on a limited schedule. Walking is OK for upto a mile or so, but beyond that it takes too much time.

    Can you ride a bicycle? A bicycle is the absolute most efficient means of transportation in terms of moving a person the furthest on the least energy. It is also not capable of harming other people or vehicles to any great degree.

    If you can ride a bicycle you can also ride a motor bike or scooter. Again you have less capability of inflicting damage upon others, but it gives you the convience of being able to travel anywhere you wish when you wish.

    Heh! You get a motorcycle and Momma will be wanting you to take the bus!

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