Aug 18, 2013

I'm on the Road!

So I don't know if I have discussed this on the blog before, but I never got my license. I have always been terrified of driving. Anytime I thought about getting behind a wheel, anxiety swept over me. My palms would get sweaty and my heart would race. I thought I would never do it. I got sick of having to ask for rides and make friends go out of their way for me on a daily basis. This was especially hard on Dominick because he had to rearrange his work schedule to take me to college. I am 20 years old now and I decided enough was enough
This is how I felt right before my road test. I was pretty nervous, but it ended up being super easy. I am so glad that I just did it. I feel so much more free. I basically got everything in order in 2 weeks. I already had a car waiting, I just needed to get my license and put the car in my name. I spent the week after taking my road test at the secretary of state. Okay, I am exaggerating, I took like 2 trips to the secretary of state it just felt like forever.

I just wanted to write an update post so you guys know I'm not dead, and also maybe inspire some nervous beginner drivers like myself. It really is worth it, and you really do feel so much more independent.

Tell me your driving stories! I'd love to hear from some people I can relate to!

Xo Chloe.

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Becky said...

Well done!

I'm learning to drive now and I hate it! I'm so nervous! Although I did get to drive my friend's car and that was super fun since I didn't feel like he was judging me the way my driving instructor does!


Lauren said...

I totally didn't get my license until I was almost 18. So not quite as late as you, but later than the typical "go get your license right on your 16th birthday" kind of thing. But when I tried to go get my license, I definitely failed the test. (Insert major eye twitch right here.) I had been driving with a big fat instructor who fogged the windows up from his breathing and I was freaking out the entire time I took the test, and I was coming up on a stop light, which turned yellow riiiight as I was about to cross the intersection. So it was either: me slam on the breaks and potentially get the car behind me to hit me, or speed up through the intersection. Well I chose to speed up, and the light turned right right as I was almost to the other side, and I immediately failed because I "ran a red light." Needless to say I was really mad and I cried a lot that day, haha. Of course, next time I took the test I got a different instructor and got a perfect score. Go figure.

Hayley said...

I can't drive and I'm not really looking forward to learning. But go you for doing it!

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Amber Skies said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one! I'm planning on going for my learner's permit as soon as I have the cash together. I always figured I would't need my license when I moved to Toronto, but now that that's coming up, getting home for visits and seeing friends out of the city is going to be much easier with a car. I don;t regret not getting it at 16, I just think it's time I get a little more independence and stop being a pain in the butt relying on other people for rides haha :p

Rachael said...

I'm 27 and have never learnt how to drive. My husband doesn't get how darn terrified I am of learning especially with all the amount of insane drivers there is in Michigan I really just don't want to! I know I will probably have to one day, but i'm trying to delay it for as long as I can.

Nerd Burger said...

YAY! Congrats!!!!! I was about 21 when I learnt to drive.

Z said...

Agh, congrats! I got my license around sixteen but I also had to learn stick...that didn't go well at all. My mom said I made her to anxious for her to teach me and my dad had just had neck surgery...making the herky-jerky motions of killing a manual transmission not the best rehab. But hey, I learned eventually!

E.C. Anderson said...

Oh man, I totally get it. I didn't get mine until I was 18-- and I resisted it with every fiber of my being! I'm still a little bit of an anxious driver, but feel way freer being able to get places on my own, if need be!

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Meghan said...

I got my license as early as possible (a little after 16 and a half in PA) and the day I got my permit my dad tried to have me drive home from the DMV. Other than driving in the driveway and a few times in parking lots I had never driven before! I convinced him drive most of the way home and let me drive home from a nearby park and I definitely thought that there was no way I could do it.

Pony Chops said...

I know that feeling. Driving made me so anxious, especially when I was learning. Now I have my liscence and I've been driving a while I feel so much better. I think I was 20 when I learned to drive too.

Bekuh Browning said...

Congratulations on getting your license! That's so worth celebrating, you're freeeeeee

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Kitty Cat Stevens said...

i've only had my license for like a year and i just bought my first car about 6 months ago. . . all at the ripe age of 25. in the end i'm glad i waited— i know that driving is a privilege and not a right, i don't have road rage, i'm a super safe driver. . . i think we just gotta do what is right for us! i spent the entire 5 minutes of my driving test listening to the old woman talk about kittens. . . it was pretty wonderful ;) Cheers to you, chloe!

Kimmy said...

I waited until I was 22...23 to get my license. I was terrified! And I still am terrified of driving. I live in Houston Texas, and everyone is a terrible driver!!!

I don't have a car, but I am glad that I have a license, so when I do get a car I'll be ready. And I'm actually wanting one at the moment. It would make getting around a lot easier. I take two buses to get to my school, which isn't terrible, except for those days I'm running late. :/ But for the nights out, having a car would be fantastic. And I feel if I don't drive constantly then I will always remain scared of it. -.-
Glad you were able to overcome your fears much earlier than I did. Congrats and drive safely.

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