Were you scared or nervous the first time you drove alone ?
I recently bought my own car and was sort of petrified when I had to drive home alone for the first time. There's a lot of crazy driving on the road especially the hi-way makes you wanna keep OFF. For now merging unto the hi-way is a bit scary for me.
You look and see the old grannies doing it you know you can too. Just be careful and keep a steady speed and merge! Yes it is scary for awhile and if you can practice where there is not a lot of traffic it is better, til you feel sure of yourself. Mostly it is other dumb drivers you have to look out for.
I think I was more thrilled than anything. I felt all grown up and stuff XD
Thief12 your a man so i guess that's why cars excites you all
Actually, I don't like cars the way most men do. I hate mechanics and all that, but I felt thrilled because I felt free and, like I said, grown up.
To be honest i didn't feel secure at all. But fortunately that quickly changed. By doing it.
The answer is yes! I looked like one of those old grannies at the wheel, especially while merging onto the highway. After a while though, especially when I lived in the city, I became very experienced in what to do and what not to do. Parallel parking was no picnic, driving in the city made the highway driving look easy. .
I had practiced in a vacant parking lot. Then I took drivers ed. By that time I had mastered the wheel. There are still people who do foolish things like: try to cut you off, run red lights, don't let you on the freeway, make abrupt stops in front of you, don't signal, throw tantrums/road rage, speed over the limit, drive too slow, make illegal u-turns, etc... but once you get used to remaining calm in the face of the unexpected, everything they do becomes a minor incident that you immediately let go of and forget.
I actually felt a lot more comfortable my first time alone. I hope he doesn't see this, but if anyone ever had my dad teach them how to drive, they'd understand. He never calmly told me what I was doing wrong. He always yelled. Even though I learned everything I needed to know, he made me a nervous wreck.
Lol sounds like my mom -- she'd shriek at me quite a bit, but never something like "stay in your lane" or "you're over the speed limit." Just letting me know SOMETHING wasn't done right
Sheila that is the exact way i feel people shouting and insulting u as though they were born behind a wheel.
I was way older than normal when I got my license and there was two voices in my head, "You can do better than any flippin' 16 year old!" and "What's wrong with you?! You obviously can't drive if you've taken this long to decide you need to!" I was very nervous that first time out... and drove over a bag of gravel... totally effed up the bumper. I was trying to avoid a psychotic unpredictable pick-up truck that now that I am more experience I know was probably a mile away from me. haha.
Don't fret. You get better with practice and even highways will become humdrum and routine. And it'll be rather quick, startlingly so. Promise. Good luck.
Yes, I was terrified. Not of the car, mind you, or even the other drivers on the road. I was 13 at the time, and my mom had left me and my older sister alone for a short time while she visited a friend. My sister had a learner's permit, so we had the brilliant idea to sneak out and practice a bit. She froze up, so I took over. I never did get caught, but I was so afraid of getting in trouble over it that I never told Mom until I was grown up, out of the house, and bringing my 3-month-old son for a visit.
Yes, that first time merging onto the Interstate is frightening indeed! I see all sorts of scary things each day in my hour commute to and from during the week.
LadyFiddler, I don't remember being nervous or scared the first time I drove alone, I was 16. It has been a long time. I like driving, but as you said, I don't appreciate the inconsiderate drivers out there. The roads are for sharing and cooperative driving. When drivers don't follow the rules, such as not using turn signals, lane violations, tailgating, speeding up when you are trying to change lanes, etc., they are being rude and careless. That's why there are so many accidents. I suggest you keep following the rules of the road for safety and proper driving. Freeway driving is not that scary, at least not for me. Begin by entering the on ramp, speed up, put your signal on, do not enter on a solid line...wait until it becomes dashed, look in your rear view mirror, then the left side mirror, look over your shoulder to check the blind spot, when all is clear...enter the freeway at the speed it is moving. Just take it like a lane change. Keep cool and you will be fine. By the way, I am a driving instructor, and see driving violations all the time along with my students. I take new students on the freeway on the 2nd lesson, and they usually are scared, I make it very simple and casual for them, explain entering in a calm voice and they become more relaxed.
I was so concentrated my first time out alone that I forgot how scared I was. I was 16 and had that nagging voice in the back of my head. All in all, I did fine.
Even though it was nearly 30 years ago, I remember: Yes I was nervous. My first solo was driving a 1979 Chevy Malibu station wagon. (8 cylinder engine) I was only going two miles each direction. It was city driving, maximum speed limit 25 mph. Large vehicle on what seemed like narrow streets. My fears were exceeding the speed limit, left hand turns and parking.
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