If driving is as natural to you as breathing, you might want to skip this post because it might be too boring for you
But if you have (had) problems with driving, as I did, then please keep on reading.
I am originally from Holland: a very small and flat country. Great cycling culture, wonderful public transport and a car is not always necessary for day to day life. Since I started to obtain my driver's license at the age of 19, I was a bit scared of driving a car. Surprisingly, I passed my exam straight away and….. that is where it basically stopped. In the past 15 years I have probably been driving for about 10 times. I have been thinking about driving about 10 million times, though! The fear which I had of driving only increased over the years. Six years ago, when my boyfriend and I started working on our PR visa I knew I really had to learn to drive, since Australia isn’t flat nor small. I tried many things to get rid of the fear, but didn’t succeed.
Just before we left Holland I took a few driving lessons, and they were helpful, but after they were finished I still didn’t feel comfortable driving. When we arrived in Adelaide we started off in Hallett Cove, which is a great neighbourhood if you are scared of driving, since facilities are close by. I drove ones, and I was too scared to drive again. The amount of accidents I have seen in and around Adelaide, and some really bad driving, didn't help either. After two months we moved to Athelstone, which is not such a great neighbourhood if you don’t drive since facilities are much more spread out. So, I knew that I would either end up lonely here, or that I would really HAVE to drive.
I realised I had to change my perception of driving. I also knew I had to stop being ashamed of it and that I should stop beating myself up about it. I started making very small steps towards driving. ‘Little progress, is still progress’ I told myself. So, after a few weeks of gradually getting more and more familiar with my car…. I am DRIVING now!!!! And boy, words can’t describe how wonderful it feels to really overcome my deepest fear….. it feels SO GOOD!!!
So, If you recognise anything from my story, please don’t give up! Find your own way of conquering your fear, and I wish you all the best on those journeys ahead