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    I don't have a licence. I'm almost 30!

    I've always lived close to transport so hasn't really been an issue.

    I mostly walk or train but sometimes I'll get a taxi up to (or just home from) the Westfield or Drs with DD. It's a $9 ride so not too bad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Myztiks#1Fan View Post
    I dont drive as i am petrified. I dont even have my learners but have made it almost 6yrs of parenting fine without a license or car. I do want to learn as i want to change jobs but because i am petrified, its holding me back.
    You should go for it! I use to be petrified as well and never wanted to learn to drive. I finally took the plunge and learnt after having kids. I've been driving for 8 years now without any probs.

    Op, as others have said don't give up on driving now because of this incident. Really, it could happen to anyone. Just keep at it and slowly rebuild your confidence.

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    OP I'm sorry to hear you had a car accident! Hope you are feeling a little better now.

    I'm trying to learn how to drive before we have a family but it is a slow and frustrating process. I am petrified & always have been (and this fear was not helped by parents who screamed at me whilst I was first learning). I did manage to get my licence but since then have lost all confidence & my anxiety disorder has affected me so much that I can't drive without someone else in the car. Even then I'm likely to freak out at an unfamiliar situation.

    I also have major issues with spatial awareness - where the car is on the road, how wide it is etc. Therefore I kind of don't see how I can drive alone because it means I can't park without help (have absolutely NO CLUE how close I am to other cars unless I get out every half a second & look) & can't even drive in or out of our driveway without help as we have a car-port with metal posts on the side of the driveway - and again, I can't tell how close I am to them. We have tried everything we can think of (including more driving lessons) but nothing really seems to work.

    So I'm not really sure whether I will be able to drive by the time I have a child, but it's going to be a PITA if I can't - public transport isn't that great around here & DH works full-time.

    Good luck!

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    A few weeks ago I reversed into my neighbours car coming out of our driveway. It was a massive 4 wheel drive so while I cracked my lights and dented the side panel his car had a bent panel. I was devastated. I've never had an accident, and although we're insured we can't afford this.

    The first thing I said was I never want to drive again. Although my confidence was dented (pardon the pun) I knew I had to drive, DP was great and made me drive that day. Made me drive his work car (which is huge and that's the last thing you want to drive!)

    silver lining. The dude I crashed into lives next door to a panel beater, gonna cost $300 to fix his car, DP fixed my tail light. $50. It coulda been worse, but hey, it's only a bunch of metal and plastic so everybody kept telling me...

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    I don't it sux I'm trying to get my ps but lessons are expensive

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartstringz View Post
    I also have major issues with spatial awareness - where the car is on the road, how wide it is etc. Therefore I kind of don't see how I can drive alone because it means I can't park without help (have absolutely NO CLUE how close I am to other cars unless I get out every half a second & look) & can't even drive in or out of our driveway without help as we have a car-port with metal posts on the side of the driveway - and again, I can't tell how close I am to them. We have tried everything we can think of (including more driving lessons) but nothing really seems to work.
    Sorry to derail, but can you get something that sits on the 4 corners of your car so you can see where the car ends? You could maybe drive around for a bit and do some test parks with these markers on the car. I used to drive a small 4wd with the rear mounted spare tyre and it was great for seeing exactly where the rear of the car was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpecialPatrolGroup View Post
    Sorry to derail, but can you get something that sits on the 4 corners of your car so you can see where the car ends? You could maybe drive around for a bit and do some test parks with these markers on the car. I used to drive a small 4wd with the rear mounted spare tyre and it was great for seeing exactly where the rear of the car was.
    Thanks! Someone else suggested this recently and I've been thinking about what to use & how to attach it. I'm thinking some pieces of dowel might work, but have to think more about how to fix it to the car.

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    I don't have my license. I have my L's but no one has the time to take me driving and lessons are too expensive.

    To be honest I am really over it. It means if DP doesn't want to go somewhere with us I end up not being able to go.

    During the week we pretty much stay home or if I decide to go out I have to go on the bus/train with 2 kids it isn't easy.

    You should keep driving. Just take it slowly.

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    Thanks everyone for your advice and experiences. DD woke with a temperature and hand foot and mouth one day during the week and without even thinking I jumped in the car to go and get some nurofen. I didn't even realise until I got out of the car at the shops. I've driven again since then and I think I've cured myself it was just getting over that initial first drive which I did unknowingly

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    Hi The pouts, I didn't drive, ever in my whole life until I was 32. The only reason I decided to get my license, was that my baby who was 2 months old (2 weeks corrected) had a fever, and I had to catch the bus to emergency. It ended up taking 45 mins and was supposed to be a 10 min bus ride. By the time we got there his temp had spiked and he was rushed right in and tested for meningitis, luckily it wasn't that, but it was bronciolitis and that was still bad and scary. I vowed then to get my license, because not having one with kids is a real pain in the ****, for things like getting to the doctors and hospys.

    I am sorry you had the accident. A defensive driving course could help. Good luck.


 

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