I didn’t think this really belonged in GQ, since I’m asking for advice/opinions on a subjective issue and not a factual question, and I didn’t put it in MPSIMS since I’m soliciting opinions, but feel free to move it if it needs to be.
I’m 27 years old, and I do not have a driver’s license.
I got my learner’s permit at age 15 and took driver’s ed. I had maybe a couple of driving lessons from my mother, way back when I was 15/16. She had the horrible habit of nagging at me, clutching the armrests, and grabbing the wheel from my hands. This caused me to nearly get into an accident once. I didn’t feel comfortable enough to take my license test, and since then I have not had the opportunity to get much practice, so I really need to start from scratch.
I have barely touched a car since, for a multitude of reasons, but I really need to get my license this winter. It’s no longer an option to not have it. I have a car, I just need to learn to drive it.
I do, however, have massive anxiety relating to driving. Can anyone offer suggestions on some things I can do to get over my massive anxiety / phobia about driving a car? I have a really irrational fear about getting into accidents because of my inability to control what other people do on the road. I’m a very defensive driver, but the one thing I have problems with is figuring out where the ‘right’ spot for me to be on the road is. I veer way too far to one side of my lane or the other, and have trouble getting a feel for where the car is supposed to be.
I plan to take lessons from a recommended driving teacher, but I cannot afford them right now, so I was hoping there might be something I can do for myself in the interim to just feel more comfortable in a car and with driving in general.