I used to make fun of old people who wore large hats that drove like they were in charge of a float in a parade years ago. I never thought that I would become one of them—surely it would never happen to me. After I suffered a stroke a few years ago I did not drive for over a year as I felt I might be an endangerment to the general public. When Ange's cancer got worse he insisted I begin to drive again, knowing that I might stay away from the wheel forever. He was right.

I do not drive far these days. I drive in town and at best, 6 miles East, or 10 miles West. After driving once to the city of Ottawa a month ago I knew that my days of cruising anywhere I pleased were over. This morning I had to drive to the Ottawa airport for a pick-up during morning rush hour and was dreading it. It wasn't that it took me over 90 minutes to get to a destination that should have taken me 45 minutes, nor was it the fact I went the wrong way a few times. For the first time in my life I felt uncomfortable driving. When I got to the airport I parked the car, and immediately went to the bathroom and the chapel not necessarily in that order. I understood how the old person in the hat felt as he crawled up the street and irritated everyone with his slowness. Fear.

Stress appears to be one of the major factors in fear of driving and some say to repeat a mantra before setting off – “I love to drive. I love to drive” – or even to park and sit listening to comedy recordings to help view the car as a happy place. Right!  Driving is not a right but a privilege, and one best reserved for the competent. That means to think twice before you proceed, especially down the wrong way of a Drive-Thru like I did today.

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Comment by Steve S on June 18, 2014 at 3:47pm

The tire thing gets even better. My tire model has been discontinued, guys in shop decided the only safe way was to replace both font tires. So now both front tires in my front wheel drive car are new and shiny. But only a few thousand miles left on the guarantee.

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on June 18, 2014 at 3:29pm

I agree Shelley... nerve wracking

Comment by Shelley Smith on June 18, 2014 at 12:27pm

I dread those days. Hopefully we will be living in a downtown area and can bus everywhere.

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on June 17, 2014 at 5:58pm

I agree marsha

Wow steve... lucky you

Comment by Steve S on June 17, 2014 at 1:15pm

I don't fear driving, I actually enjoy it.

I just don't get to drive very far too much.

Blew out a tire last week; the guys in the tire shop thought it was pretty funny that I had bought the tires in 2006 and they are still under their 40,000 mile guarantee.

Comment by Marsha Shearer on June 17, 2014 at 1:12pm
Remind me not to let you drive when you visit me in The Villages! So glad you made it to and fro the airport with that precious cargo!
Comment by Linda Seccaspina on June 17, 2014 at 12:46pm

LOL yes Mary

Comment by Mary L. Holden on June 17, 2014 at 10:47am

This is what happens when you derive a story about being behind the wheel. You must be saying, "I love to write. I love to write."


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