So i got my license last year june. And I didn’t have a car so i only started driving again in nov. In total i have driven in my car less than 20 or 25 times. I wanna say less than 20.
In the beginning (b4 getting my license), i had an instructor. And it was difficult and i was horrible in the first few lessons but after that i was fine and didn’t feel anxious or what ever.
But then i stopped till i got my car - November. And im struggling, im so anxious of driving that is ridiculous. Not only that, im horrible at driving now. Like really horrible, I cannot drive smoothly
When i got my car, I didn’t have anyone to accompany me, even my mom wasn’t even interested. So I didn’t want to drive
I know i have to learn it.... but im just so horrible. Few days ago, my family member accompanied me and you should have seen their face. Its was horrible. Its shocking to them how i got my license on the first try ( i didn’t fail). I swear i was good or least decent at driving when i had my... keep reading on reddit ➡
I live in Los Angeles - a city known for bad traffic. But, I love driving here! If i get up early and plan my day, I get to enjoy some of the most beautiful routes in the world.
I recently started attaching a GoPro to my car's hood and recording my drives.
Thought I could share here:
If anyone would like to see any specific routes, please let me know. I'm planning on heading up the Pacific Coast Highway, Angeles Crest and driving more downtown LA routes soon.
hi... i’m just making this post to express myself and vent because i’ve been crying non-stop since yesterday. I feel like I put so much effort into trying to pass the test and I can’t make it and I will never make it. I had such a breakdown yesterday I got to the point of self-harming, which I had never done before and never even thought of it... I don’t know what went thought my mind. I’ll tell you why I failed the exams. First exam, everything was going well. My teacher thought I had passed. I failed because the examiner thought I had been driving too slow. Second exam, the examiner had me enter a dead end road. Got really nervous but managed to turn around and everything. When I was about to go back to the “normal” street, instead of turning left I turn right towards a prohibited circulation road. My teacher brakes. Failed again. Third exam, it lasted 35 minutes whereas in Spain they usually last 20. Exam was going well. Minute 35 I turn right towards a street and I almost hit the... keep reading on reddit ➡
My husband has been driving for two years in California without a drivers licence. he has not had a licence for years. I have a driver's licence but he does not let me drive what happened if we get stopped by the police
I’m driving the speed limit and I’m always careful to keep a safe distance from other cars but I can never get tailgaters to go away. (I know about making sure to drive in the slower lanes but I drive a lot on single way streets that stretch for a while so I can’t let others pass by me sometimes) I’m still learning how to drive and I even have student driver stickers on my car so I thought it would make others more patient but that doesn’t help either. What should I do?
Like when the instructor is in the car and while starting the engine I make a sound resembling that of someone cranking an engine? Will they fail me?
I'm in the UK and my test center is notorious for being harsh, the first time I failed it was for reversing when there was oncoming traffic and the second time it was because I was passing too close to parked cars. I got 1 minor. That's £60 fuckin gone because I was a few inches too close to a car. It was a narrow road and there was traffic, I was in complete control and didn't even consider that a point when I could have failed. My dad's paying for these tests and I feel so shit coming back and it's like, how did you do how did you do?! and you just have to look at him and tell him you failed. I haven't failed at anything really before so this fucking sucks like it puts me in the shittest mood. It just feels like a fucking coin flip and all I can think about is, what if I fail again? I don't know if I'll resit this any time soon I feel too uncomfortable asking him for any more money. :(
When I finally passed my test I imagined it would be like the fast and furious films but its not, its boring as hell its just all sitting in traffic and other drivers trying to out do each other and looking out for speed traps. I refuse to drive anywhere that takes longer than 20-30 minutes to get there as I just get fedup. Its just something I thought I’d enjoy but has turned out to be mind numbingly boring and a chore to do.
Im having a bit of a confusion on whether i have to take my written test and road test in a specific order to get my liscense, or can i just take whichever first?
Update: passed my drivers test, no extra written test needed after segment 2 of classed :p
I have an irrational fear of driving, even being in a passenger seat. I got my learners permit when everyone else did (around 16) but I put in no hours due to my fear and now I am 22 and still do not have my full license yet. I just feel so anxious every time I drive. I feel like there are so many things to do and check for at once and my brain just gets overloaded. I'm also terrified of being in an accident. I have been in two rear ends that totaled the vehicle as a passenger and it just adds to my fear and anxiety. I am just wondering if anyone else has this fear and how they have overcome it. Or any tips on how to drive and not get overwhelmed by all the things you have to do and be on the look out for while driving.
Hi guys, bit of a random question.
I've been driving in London for the past 7 years, and never flash other drivers at night to say thank you because i think the flashing light would blind them, which i hate when it happens to me personally. Saying that, i have seen a lot of people get mad when other people do so and thought it'll be an interesting subject.
I’ve just got back from yet another failed driving test (UK). This is now my 8th one. It’s so frustrating because I know I can drive well and my instructor and everyone I drive my car (on provisional) agree. I know I’m ready to be driving on the roads but I just get so nervous and make little mistakes during my actual tests. I have an hour lesson before each test and always drive to more than a passable standard but then just lose it when as soon as I get in the car with the examiner. I feel like I’ve tried almost everything, from taking calming medication, getting a good nights sleep the night before, having a big breakfast in the morning to eating a banana before (read that this helps lol). I just can’t do it. My instructor says I don’t really need regular lessons and to just keep booking tests and having a lesson a couple days before and an hour right before the test. I drive my car a few times a week with my parents as well, normally to work. I fund all my lessons, tests, petrol an... keep reading on reddit ➡
I have very very very bad drivers anxiety, I just now got my learners permit at 19 and I’m trying to learn but every time I get in the car and drive, I get sweaty and shivering and my heart is constantly in my stomach. And when I make a mistake, I freak out and break down crying. Basically I’m just wondering if anyone with the same situation got over it? I need to drive for I have a family to take care of so not driving isn’t an option 😰
My Teen has a class C license. It is still provisional with restriction 47. The restriction states that they can't drive between 11pm and 5 am and not transport passengers under the age of 20. However there is also exemptions highlighted in the Driver's Handbook. "When reasonable transportation is not available and it is necessary for you to drive, the law grants the following exceptions for provisional license holders to drive between 11 pm and 5 am or to transport an immediate family member unaccompanied and unsupervised Your necessity or the necessity of an immediate family member. The note must be signed by your parent or legal guardian." However, when we were at the DMV getting his license, the 2 employees said that he could not drive his brother to school even with a note. Which is correct?
hi guys i did some driving lessons a few years back with no previous knowledge of how a car is driven (3-4) with 2 different instructors, i think i got pretty used to the clutch quite quickly (it makes sense to me) so i can find the biting point and get the car started and moving pretty easily,
here are the things that i don't like that put me off driving:
first instructor, first lesson, he told me about having your foot down on the clutch while starting the car if not the car will SHOOT FORWARD, he then decided to tell me a story about an elderly woman doing this in a coop and killing a young mother and child (real confidence booster :s)
i feel alot more confident about things i understand thoroughly, like the clutch i understand whats going on inside the car when i find the biting point
what i don't understand and what tbh scares me and puts me off driving is why the hell does the car SHOOT FORWARD if u dont have your foot on the clutch? what kind of dogshit design is this?
an... keep reading on reddit ➡
Basically I was already parked and decided to move the car a bit to leave more space. I forgot the car was in gear and I also hurried (for no good reason) and didn't press the clutch and brake so starting the engine back up I moved forward a bit touching the tree that was in front.
I wanna hear other similarly silly stories so I can feel better about my mistake haha.
I’ve been driving for a year now, but every little or big mistake annoys me. This morning, I was at a yellow light to turn left. There was a bus and motorcyclist going straight. The motorcyclist was going faster than the bus. After the motorcyclist passed, I decided to turn left. But as I’m about to turn in, the bus honks loudly at me. I misjudged the distance between the bus and I. Ugh, I’m so stupid. I literally could’ve collided with the bus. But at least now I know to make sure bigger vehicles go before me... If they seem slow/far to me, maybe they’re actually not?
Sigh. Have you guys made any near accident mistakes?
I'm 17 turning 18 in December how do I get my permit hours in for driving if my parents never let me drive they let me drive like once every two months does anyone have any ways I could get my hours up?
For context, this is my fourth driving instructor and I’ve had probably hundreds of lessons. This guy is by far the best one I’ve had and I finally feel like I can drive and should be booking a test soon that I feel like I might actually pass. I’ve never had any problems with him before this happened and now I don’t know what to do.
So basically, I was on a driving lesson and there was a van behind us who was deliberately getting way too close. I was driving 30 in a 30 zone but the driver behind thought it was 40 and also thought it was appropriate to then tailgate me (very clearly learning, there’s lots of stickers and a thing on the roof so that you know it’s a learner car). He obviously shouldn’t have been doing this and my instructor was getting pretty irate and started to shout to him that it was a 30, which the van driver disagreed with.
This was already stressing me out because I felt like my instructor was paying more attention to the driver behind than to me (he was physic... keep reading on reddit ➡
I passed my road test and got my license about 2 weeks ago, but I've only been out driving alone about 4 times (two of those times were necessary, they were also pretty short distances).
I thought I'd be going out a lot more and doing things I might enjoy, but that's not the case at all. Going out on a solo trip just seems so difficult and seems to take so much energy that I don't feel like doing it. There's a place I want to stop by that's not too far away, but I've been putting it off for a couple of weeks now.
Before I got my license, I pictured myself going for drives alone while listening to music, or going to a nearby cafe or library to hang out for a bit and so much more, but now I just don't really care.
Has anyone else felt this way? I'm not really sure what to do about it. I think driving would give me a lot of opportunities for different things, but right now I just hate it.
I don't want to study a manual, and I really need a driver's license ASAP, since I'm slowly finishing up high school and I need a job real quickly so I can go on with my life, and due to that I need to find a way on how to join a driver's school. I'm 18 years old (Which means I qualify for a Class D License), and I live in Memphis, TN, and as of right now I'm just some lazy kid in his bedroom doing schoolwork (I do online school) and I need to find a way on how to enroll myself into a driver's class so I can take it then do the test before getting my license.
One of the most effective things drivers can do to save on gas (and decrease carbon emissions) is to drive 65mph or less.
This means driving 50 miles would take eight minutes longer.
If the US changed its national speed limit to 55mph, it would decrease our gas consumption by 1 billion barrels annually.
Edit: ok, to summarize the replies: this doesn’t hold true for all cars, driving slow may have a negative impact on the flow of traffic, your time is more precious than your money. Time to buy a Tesla!
Edit 2: don’t believe me. There’s a gas cost calculator where you plug in the year, make and model of your car. It provides the average cost when driving at different speeds.
At 26 years old I finally got to obtain a temporary driver's license. It took me five years just to get pass the written test. I took it once at 20 y.o. and haven't taken it since until just last month. Three tries - I retested every weekend for three weeks until I passed after studying and constantly taking online practice tests.
For the longest I felt like such a burden because I didn't know how to drive and I was absolutely terrified of driving. I've watched YouTube videos on driving tips for beginners and it's helped with my anxiety a lot. I've been behind the wheel before to practice driving, mostly in empty parking lots but I've never driven on a road going more than 15 miles per hour.
Today, I drove 2.5 miles going 35-40 mph in a small town where the roads weren't busy. I still need to work on my turns and I'm getting better at staying centered in my lane. I was a nervous wreck, my hands were gripping the steering wheel and I was super attentive on the road. I kept reminding... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hey guys! I am 17 years old and just started driving yesterday! My first driving lesson was not as bad as l thought it would be!
I expected to get to know the car but instead the driving instructor made me go into traffic less than 5 minutes into my lesson. I didn't even know where the clutch biting point is and how the car drives and was pretty stressful but l managed to drive without turning the car off! Previously l had driven a diesel car with high biting point of the clutch and now l am driving another diesel car with low biting point which confuses me. My biggest problem right now is that l instinctively go for the gear stick first before the clutch but l hope l will be able to fix it with more lessons! The car that l am learning in is Mercedes E220 Diesel 170hp around the year 2007.
My question for you is how were your driving lessons and what did you do/learn to do on your first hours learning?
So I'm 27 and still learning how to drive. I started a few months ago because I know I have to drive - public transport is not an option for me.
The problem is I feel too stupid to drive and it's a psychological barrier that is preventing me from being confident about driving in suburban areas. When I'm on the motorway, all fears are gone. But suburbs and parking lots put me on edge.
I start thinking people are going to honk at me. I get worried on unfamiliar roads because I'm not sure where the next turn is and such. I get nervous at parking lots because I'm worried I'm going to take too long or screw up somehow, and people are gonna get mad.
I'd love nothing more but to stop being so anxious about it, but I can't push these thoughts away and be someone who is confident. I don't have anyone else to teach me how to drive but my dad, and throwing money at an instructor isn't financially the best option either. I've already done about 30 hours of driving practice, but I just don't hav... keep reading on reddit ➡
I started to drive three months ago. And I notice i make certain mistakes and I didn't have an accident just because I was lucky and drive/maneuver slow. It doesn't happen every time I drive but sometimes I do mistakes.
I was driving and then the cars in front stoppped at the at the crosswalk, there were couple of people crossing the road. And I was driving about 40 kilometers per hour, and I pressed the brakes sharply. I thought that if there were a car behind me, it could hit my car. Especially if it was driving 40 km per hour or higher.
Another time I was driving in the evening and it was dark. I was going to drive to the left to change the line of the road (lane?? i.e. row of cars). I looked in the mirror and there was no car, then I started to go leftside slowly. Suddenly there was a car and I think that I missed that car because of the blind spot of the mirrors. I think that the car was quite far and I wouldn't hit it, but I was scared.
Another time. I was going to turn t... keep reading on reddit ➡
Would y'all consider listening to music a distraction or helpful? Personally, for someone as anxious as I am, I find music to be relaxing, but I can understand how it can get distracting (i.e. Blasting at max volume). What do y'all think?
My 91 year old father in law has a stiff neck that prevents him from turning his head to see what is in the back and sides of his car while his is driving or backing up his car. He had scratched my car several times when taking his car out of the garage (my car is always parked in the driveway), and I had prevented my 6 year old of getting hit by him twice. I always brushed it off, because it did not happen that often, but I got really fed up this weekend when he scratched my brand new car, in less than 24 hours after I bought it. By the way, when this things happen he does not say a word about it.
I think it is time for him to stop driving, but nobody in his family is making an effort for that to happen. I would like to know how can I stop him? Do I need to report him to the police? He just got his driver's license renewed.
IF YOU CAN DRIVE SKIP TO STEP 7
I'm giving the "How to drive comfortable" lesson and NOT the DMW Rules lesson
I am using KM as that is what I am used to
First of all, CONGRATZ on learning stick! You're more than likely gonna love it when you get the hang of it. I'm gonna give you step by step instruction that should help you get more comfortable behind the wheel.
Ok so first, forget about driving lessons and making mistakes. Remember this. EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES! Part of driving is making mistakes and learning from them, but don't worry.
Now what I'll urge you to do if at all possible is to NOT learn from a school, rather get someone who has driven for quite a while and who is super patient to take you to a parking lot, super quite road or even a dirt road doesn't matter. Or do it yourself with a "trained" person next to you, either way. Trust me you are gonna be a better driver this way.
Now these steps are SUPER SUPER important if your city all... keep reading on reddit ➡
I'm 18m, and I failed my driving test today. In Serbia, you have like a course with several tasks that you have to complete before you drive in the town, like lane changing and parallel parking. The first task is accelerating to 30 km/h, and then braking fully to a stop when you pass 2 cones. It must be clean and without ABS turning on. I nailed this every time at my classes and never though it would pose a problem. I got so nervous and my feet were frozen from waiting in the cold outside for the test to start. You have 2 shots at succeeding at that breaking task and I failed miserably both times and that is an instant fail of the whole test. When I pressed the brake, it started like jerking back and forth, something that never happened to me. It was probably the combination of fear and the fact that I could not feel my toes due to the cold. I feel so embarrassed and miserable for failing the test in the first 2 minutes and I think about what's stopping me from doing it again, because... keep reading on reddit ➡
I'm 19M and my Grandmother is 80, I don't have much weekly time to spare to hang with her so usually I go with her to the grocery store every week to buy groceries with her. She insists on driving because she's always enjoyed driving but recently she's done some downright dangerous things. A few weeks ago we were driving to the shops when she turned at an intersection onto the wrong side of the road and kept driving down it for 200m until I looked up and told her that she was on the wrong side of the road, luckily there were no other people on the road at that time or who knows what could have happened. I let that incident slide but I started noticing that her judgement was getting really poor, to the point where she would pull out in front of cars thinking that there was enough time when there wasn't and thankfully each time (this happened numerous times) the other drivers were all attentive enough to slam on their brakes in time. The last straw was when we were driving through a sch... keep reading on reddit ➡
i’m so nervous. i’m 16 i’m confident in myself and my abilities just looking for some good luck messages :(
My first lesson went very well, the instructor was very nice and understanding of my mistakes. The second one not so much. I went from basic neighborhood driving in the first lesson, to being on the main road in the next. He kept yelling at me when I made a mistake, and was constantly barking commands to me, it was too much. I get he was trying to keep us safe and teach me, but he would criticize everything I did. At one point he even mocked me after saying I forgot to turn on my turn signal. My next lesson is scheduled for tomorrow and I’m extremely nervous and anxious about it, I don’t know if I’ll have the same person or not but I’m very worried. Any advice or words of encouragement?
I've taken one of the two mandatory driving lessons with an instructor. It's been nearly two weeks and I have my final lesson tomorrow. I'm taking the road test as well right after it.
I don't think I'm confident enough in my driving abilities to do well in this lesson or pass the test. I haven't been able to practice that much either, since those around me with a driver's license are pretty busy, so I've only driven on the weekends since my first lesson.
I've been back and forth on whether to reschedule or not. On one hand, if I do take this test tomorrow and pass, it'll all be over and I can stop losing sleep over and dreading it. On the other hand, if I take it tomorrow and fail, I'll have to do it again.
This whole driving situation has honestly been really stressful and even though I'm dreading tomorrow's events, I'm ready to get it over with. But I also don't want to fail. Any advice?
Edit: Seeing the responses here, I decided not to reschedule. This morning, my instructor ha... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hi guys. So i have never driven alone before. Before you guys say anything, yes I CAN DRIVE, i swear i’m licensed and everything. However, i’m always with a friend or two. I just recently got a car and waiting for it to be delivered to me next week and I’m lowkey scared and anxious about driving by myself. How do I overcome this? What are your experiences in driving alone for the first time? No scary stories pls and thank you :)
This is sorta a silly question, but if you make a driving mistake and don't get honked at, is your mistake potentially not that bad?
I made a left hand turn this morning, and it was potentially bordering on dangerous if a car had changed into my lane. I will be more patient and wait for a better opening next time, but I can't stop thinking about it. Then I rationalize, the mistake couldn't have been "that" bad if I didn't get honked at. But I don't think that's good logic.
I've been driving a normal passenger car for almost 10 years. I know the rules of the road and all that. Now I'm in the process of becoming a trucker so I'm upgrading my license to cat C (European). I had my 1st driving test on tuesday and failed miserably. Nerves got the best of me and suddenly I'm in-between 2 lanes and the bus behind me was obviously being obstructed by me. Automatic fail over something I never would've expected to do at any single time as I know how to drive perfectly fine. I simply completely blacked out and it felt like I had never driven a minute in my life for those few seconds it took to ness up.
Anyway, gonna redo the test tomorrow. I had a few extra lessons. 0 issues with anything, as expected. I can handle the truck just fine and know the rules. Gonna have 1 more lesson tomorrow before my test. Yet as tomorrow is approaching I'm getting increasingly worried I'll end up doing something equally stupid. "Forgive yourself for the mistake. Even professionals wh... keep reading on reddit ➡
Edit: Omg I didn’t think anyone would really look at this. Thank you all for the advice and thank you all for the comments and gold, my first gold ever!
How the hell do you use a car wash? There’s one near me but that’s guys using pressure wash hoses and soap etc. I’m wanting to use a drive through automated wash but not got a clue. I drove past one slowly the other day to see if it had some sort of beginners notice like pay inside etc but nothing. I don’t want to drive up to one and cause a massive queue because I did the wrong thing but there doesn’t seem to be any instructions anywhere, is this a secret ability you’re just supposed to know when you pass the driving test that maybe I missed out on?? Normally I pay my son to wash my car but it’s getting colder and darker now and don’t want to get into the whole child cruelty thing with neighbours if I chuck him out there lol. Someone have any ideas?
It would be great if you can fill out this questionnaire on your driving experience
Your response will be helpful.
I have passed my driving recently and I asked my examiner if I can change my photo as my provisional one was from high school and I now have a full beard! So he said you must do it yourself by filling in D1 form and sending off to DVLA. Which I've done. However I forgot to sign the certificate which I assume they will send back.
However, is it better to let examiner apply it for you by going back to test centre, which is usually the case and then later on apply for new in couple of months with new photo or sign certificate and send back.
I've learned that you cannot get certificate back this way as I wanted to keep it as a memory!
Also, any of you guys who have passed still have their certificates or have gone through this method of sending off by post for some reasons?
I know all this sounds crazy but I was curious and worried at the same time.
tl;dr: No/low situational awareness, and I feel that would make me dangerous. Is it something I can train? Please give me resources or advice if you have any. Thank you!
This isn't a well-structured post, so apologies if it's confusing.
I'm 29, and I have ADHD. I have had my driver's license for a decade. Except, the only times I've driven were 20 hours in 2010 (first time learning, preparing for the test), 20 hours in 2017/2018 (finished uni, moved to a car-culture location, decided to learn again in case I needed to drive), and 2 hours yesterday. All of that was with a driving instructor.
I bought my first car today. It's a 2015 Volkswagen Golf with ACC, blind spot monitoring, emergency braking, automatic parking, and other features which I'm hoping would make me safer/reduce my cognitive load. The previous owner will deliver it on Monday.
I'm thinking of taking another 6 hours with an instructor before actually driving in the new car.
I've ridden all my life and... keep reading on reddit ➡
I feel awful, I just failed my driving test. I was confident but then I got super nervous which sucks. I've been driving before and I can do the things on the test but I just blacked out and did everything terribly.
I had mine for almost 30 years. It was a good run.
It’s a weird feeling giving it up, I really do love driving. Unfortunately I’ve run into some weirdness that made me concerned about having my license taken away from me for medical reasons - in California at least, it’s much easier to get it back later if you’ve given it up voluntarily than if it was forcibly taken from you.
It’s just a funny feeling. I’m still wrapping my mind around it. It’s not something I ever expected to have to do. I think driving is one of the most dangerous things most of us do regularly, and when I realized I couldn’t do it as well anymore I just had to do this.
The thing I don't get about learning driving is, how can you do blind spot checking from behind after you check your mirrors while you're driving? The reason I ask is because I'm not sure how you can shoulder check from behind while you are facing the front.
I am currently doing an intensive driving course and i am progressing well. My main stumbling block so far has been reverse manoeuvres and picking my reference points.
Does anyone have any little tips or tricks that they use for reverse bay parking, parallel parking etc.?
I’m 18, I feel like I should be driving. I just don’t want to. I grew up in a part of America where driving was pretty much essential but then went to college where public transit was the move. I took the semester off for financial reasons and I’m back in my hometown now. I’ve just been using lyft & my mom driving to get around.
The only times I wish I’d learned is when I’m in my hometown going out with friends & I feel ashamed asking them to pick me up. And when I can’t help out with transporting large loads. I don’t want to deal with the anxiety and I don’t want to put myself in danger and get in a crash. My parents don’t really care and they don’t like driving.
I’m having a hard time finding reasons to motivate myself. I don’t want my reason to be because of me being ashamed that I haven’t already.
What shoes do you guys wear on longer drives? I wear some Adidas sneakers but I could see wearing a skateboard shoes as comfy too.