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Do you drive?
Yes 65%  65%  [ 178 ]
No 35%  35%  [ 97 ]
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Verdandi
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12 Jul 2012, 7:25 am

I don't drive. I've tried to learn to drive, and found it very hard to focus on everything I needed to focus on. I realize with practice this can get easier, but I am concerned about possible accidents while getting used to it, or possibly never getting used to it because of sensory overload, shutdowns, impulsiveness, and other neurological issues that leave me concluding that I am unlikely to be a safe or effective driver.

I primarily use public transportation when it's available to me. I first learned to use that when I was 11 or 12 years old and memorized many of the bus routes in the city I grew up in. While I can and do experience sensory overload on buses, the fact that I am not driving means that usually my worst risk is zoning out or shutting down to some extent and missing my stop.



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12 Jul 2012, 11:10 am

Im not quite old enough to drive, but I have no plans of doing it beyond driver education (which my family is forcing me to take next year). In 2010 there were nearly 33000 deaths just in the United States from car accidents, plus a large number of injuries. Driving isnt particularly safe. Andeven if I could trust the other drivers not to smash into my car and kill me (which I cant) I doubt I would be able to drive well enough to even pull out of te driveway without hittin someone, since I tend to space ou a lot... Plus when you consider all of the costs involved (car payments, insurance, gas, repairs, etc) its pretty expenaive too. Taking a bus or walking would take a lot longer, but it would probably be safer and cheaper. And Im not one to hurry most of the time.



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12 Jul 2012, 11:22 am

Huh, weird! I actually love driving.. it's pretty relaxing...

only thing I don't like is when I don't know exactly which way I need to go.. or if I'm in a very big city with lots of weird turns...



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12 Jul 2012, 1:00 pm

I refused to drive at first when I got old enough, but eventually came around after I started a band and had to haul equipment everywhere, and the guys' driving made me carsick. I was the last person in my class to get a license. Nowadays I drive to school because I have to (there's no bus routes anywhere near me and a bike would take me an hour and a half to get there), but I'm buying a bike and plan on riding that for errands and for fun. I hate to drive. I used to live in Austin TX and didn't own a car at that point, just rode the bus for long distances and rode a skateboard for more "local" trips (within 50-block radius). I'm an avid bike rider and pretty experienced riding those damn fixies in cities, I was a messenger and delivery girl for a while. :)



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14 Jul 2012, 8:33 am

Driving is one of the things that I have taken the most flack for during my life. People have always pressured me to drive and I have just never felt comfortable. I can drive. In fact, I went to a drive school. But I have never taken the driving test. I just never feel safe on the road. I think about the most horrible things possible and my tics get worse (I have Tourette Syndrome).

This is always had to explain to people because I look and act otherwise "normal." Everything thinks that it is beyond weird that I do not drive.

Not driving used to bother me because everyone gave me such a hard time about it, but now I have come to terms with it. It is just something that I will never do.



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14 Jul 2012, 2:41 pm

I am 24 years old and I do not drive. I passed my written when I was 19 years old, and took driving lessons at 20. I had to complete 10 lessons in order to pass my drivers ed. I got through about half of them, and I almost killed me and my driver instructor 2 times. She would have to slam on her brakes quite a few times, so we didn't get into an accident. I had a few meltdowns in the car as well. After that I refused to drive. It's impossible for me to look around, be aware, know the controls, the brakes, the gas.It's just way to much for me. Too much overload. I either take the bus around town, or I get rides. It may make life a bit harder, but I just can't put myself through all of that stress again.



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14 Jul 2012, 2:53 pm

Even though most of my peers have begun to learn how to drive, I am too afraid to learn it. The margin of error is just too narrow and it just seems to be the tiniest of mistakes could result in an accident. One thing I'm very bad at is eye-hand coordination, and furthermore, I have not been good at quick thinking and making fast decisions at critical times.



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15 Jul 2012, 2:52 am

I do drive, but it took me awhile to learn. It took me quite some time to not feel panicky in a car, and I still can't drive over bridges without panicking so that puts a limit on where I can go. Overall though, it's very helpful to be able to get to school and other places on my own.



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15 Jul 2012, 5:27 am

I don't drive. Never had any interest in it since I don't go anywhere beyond school/work and I can get a lift or public transportation for that. Also I dislike the idea of driving a car, they just seem so needlessly big and clumsy and complicated. I don't know if I would be comfortable driving a car even if I learned how to.

However, I did entertain the idea of driving a motorbike. They're sleek and compact and I felt quite comfortable with the idea of driving one, even to the point that I looked up how to get a license. Unfortunately my parents are very much against it since they think it's not safe, especially during winter months. Also I'm moving a long way away for studies soon so if it were to break down getting it fixed would be a royal pain. I still like the idea of driving a bike but figuring out how to get a license and buy a bike on my own is way beyond me and my parents aren't about to change their minds.



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15 Jul 2012, 6:06 am

Sanctus wrote:
Huh, weird! I actually love driving.. it's pretty relaxing...

only thing I don't like is when I don't know exactly which way I need to go.. or if I'm in a very big city with lots of weird turns...


^This. I won't drive in NYC.


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15 Jul 2012, 9:16 am

I had over a year of lessons and then failed my test 1 minute in. Isn't that amazing? Needless to say, I lost all my confidence in it. I want to try lessons again one day but right now I can't afford lessons or a car. I don't know why I'm so bad at driving. I have good control of the car... I think it might be the fact there are so many other cars to watch. Hmm, I don't know. :(

I like public transport though, for the most part. I feel like I'm having a mini adventure when I need to get somewhere new.



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15 Jul 2012, 3:06 pm

I don't drive. Too much to think of, to many things to distract me. And also it seems kinda boring. So, if I am going somewhere I take a buss, or preferably train. I like the freedom of train, and it's also less noisy than taking a buss.

I feel like I could enjoy driving if I had a cool car and was driving on a deserted road. But other than that, driving isn't for me



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15 Jul 2012, 5:07 pm

I drive and hate driving. The anxiety I feel while driving is too much for me.


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16 Jul 2012, 2:57 pm

In addition to being an aspieI also have NLD/ADD i cannot safely drive. I tried. Accident everytime I was behind the wheel. It was so scary and confusing. I stopped. My parents used to tell me "Practice makes perfect" I would say ... Am I going to LIVE through practice. Are other people going to LIVE through my practice. No thank you.

I take paratransit to work and doctors as I have difficulty focusing etc... to use the crowded rushed, dangerous, multiple transfer bus system.

i go to functional neurology therapy three times per week I successfully live alone and I work fullt ime but I cannot drive a land vehicle. The main problem with a land vehicle is the other drivers. I cannot interact safely with them. If I could drive on the road all alone Id be ok.



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16 Jul 2012, 6:13 pm

I've been driving since 1987, I always dreamt about it as a kid.

I used to daydream, in class, about how great my life would be after I left school with my car.

It was fun for a while, not really now. I find it to be a chore, really.

Useful though.