What I want to talk about today is something that truly frightens me: teen driving. I’m not saying that all teens are bad drivers, but they are more…

What I want to talk about today is something that truly frightens me: teen driving. I’m not saying that all teens are bad drivers, but they are more accident-prone. Sure, I know that teen drivers are just beginning to learn the ropes and that with time they will eventually become good, responsible drivers but that doesn’t make me less nervous about it.   As for myself, I put off driving for a year because of my completely irrational fear that driving would lead to my eventual demise. In addition, I live in a city where public transportation is easily accessible throughout the city so I can get around with very little trouble. I remember when I was 15 and couldn’t wait to start driving. Then I turned 16 and I could really care less if I ever drove. Recently, after experiencing less than great times on public transportation I decided to finally practice driving, get my license, and finally start driving but I’m slowly starting to move into my old way of thinking.   It’s also not like everything around me is telling me to start driving with gas prices how they are, the general cost of maintaining a car, and the very real possibility of me driving my car into some large object. Yes, I know that this fear is completely ridiculous and childish, and that I should just get over it and start driving because it would probably simplify my commute. It’s just that I’m not ready to drive and I wish that I could figure out the real reason I’m holding back but that answer isn’t really clear to me right now. Judging by how I feel about driving at this time, I really can’t see myself driving, ever. That may also make me a social pariah, but whatever, I want to live. Does anyone out there share my driving related fears or a similar fear to something that comes with getting older? Please comment I could really use some reassurance or someone to get some sense into me.   – Ruben

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