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Postby Spoon girl » Mon Jun 07, 2004 7:41 pm

I'm not diagnosed with dyspraxia but I experience many of the difficulties described in the criteria for dyspraxia. I'm juist wondering is anyone else here scared of roads? Many of my friends describe me as 'carphobic' or the safety queen. i'm very cautious while crossing the road, I never get it right. i either cross when there is a car too close (results in much beeping) or wait untill a car which is really far away drives past before crossing. Am I alone on this one?
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Postby WARTORIOUS » Mon Jun 07, 2004 10:40 pm

No problem with roads here, I love cars infact, mainly because this time next year I will be driving one ;) (Hopefully). But i hate strange dogs, im don't really have a problem with one's i know, its just when im walking or whatever and I see a dog I tend to become much more defensive and think of ways of killing it if it attacks me. I don't think its anything to do with Dyspraxia, its more because a dog attacked me when i was young, i was defending my sister and nanny from it, It was a ferocious dog. Its owner called it back and we got the hell out of there as you can gess.
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Postby Charlotte » Tue Jun 08, 2004 1:56 pm

I'm juist wondering is anyone else here scared of roads? Many of my friends describe me as 'carphobic' or the safety queen. i'm very cautious while crossing the road, I never get it right. i either cross when there is a car too close (results in much beeping) or wait untill a car which is really far away drives past before crossing. Am I alone on this one?


No! I have 'Road Phobia' too. I have to walk a fifteen minute walk to and from college sometimes and in the mornings it's always really hard because the traffic is terrible. I constantly misjudge distances and I occasionally I walk when a car is too close but mostly I stand at the side of the road for about ten minutes until it's 'safe.' Well, I'd rather be safe than sorry! I've nearly got run over so many times!

I don't understand how all my friends cross the road hardly even looking. Cars really scare me. I worry about getting run over and I don't like the noise. I panic and get anxious about it. Most people find it really strange but it's good to know I'm not the only one with 'Road Phobia.' :D
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Postby Spoon girl » Wed Jun 09, 2004 5:17 pm

We don't have a crossing by my school, only the 'give way lines'. I've been beeped there so many times lol!
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Postby Vicky » Mon Jun 14, 2004 7:07 pm

Count me on board. I hate crossing the road and I really don't understand how I've made it to my seventeenth birthday without being turned into a strawberry pancake... :ph34r:
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Postby Guest » Tue Jun 29, 2004 10:31 am

I used to experience this problem during my childhood, and some of my teen years, too--though to be fair, I was on drugs (I don't do it anymore: drugs=bad, and apparently learning=bad according to the consensus) at the time...
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Postby J » Thu Jul 01, 2004 5:13 pm

I too am undiagnosed, although reading the dypraxia criteria it fits me perfectly!

I'm not too bad with roads as a pedestrian but as a driver i'm pretty hopeless!
I can never judge how far away another car is or how fast they are going and have had lots of near misses, especially at roundabouts, i get beeped at a lot too. I have also hit a parked bus once as i didn't realise how close i was too it!
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Postby Charlotte » Thu Jul 01, 2004 7:32 pm

I am nearly seventeen and am only mildly dyspraxic and can do a lot of things 'normal' people can do (and some things they can't) but one thing I can't imagine myself ever being able to do, let alone, in less than a year is drive a car. Roads terrify me as a pedestrian God knows what I'll be like as a driver! Dyspraxia affects me in the way that I'm clumsy and have poor spatial awareness. I also have difficulty with sense of direction and so even if I do manage to drive the liklihood is I'll need directions to go everywhere, even the shop down the road!!! Maybe I'm being a bit negative, I haven't even got behind the wheel yet, but I have visions of myself running people over!!! (Actually I don't know whether there should be three exclamation marks at the end of that sentence because I'm not joking; I can imagine me running people over and that's not remotely funny.)
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Postby benjnottingham » Fri Jul 02, 2004 3:11 pm

Spoon girl wrote: I'm not diagnosed with dyspraxia but I experience many of the difficulties described in the criteria for dyspraxia. I'm juist wondering is anyone else here scared of roads? Many of my friends describe me as 'carphobic' or the safety queen. i'm very cautious while crossing the road, I never get it right. i either cross when there is a car too close (results in much beeping) or wait untill a car which is really far away drives past before crossing. Am I alone on this one?

I'am ok with roads & I when out some-times you get some drivers who let cross the road,but sometimes stand near the edge if there is an van or truck blocking my view.
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Postby J » Sat Jul 03, 2004 11:33 am

Charlotte, i was really scared of learning to drive like you and am still scared of knocking people over. I put off learning until i was 20 but am glad i learnt even though i am very nervous each time i have to go somewhere i haven't driven to before, also i am too nervous to drive on the motorway, i think i would be lethal (to myself and others). I have now learnt not to go through small gaps, turn in front of other cars etc if i am not sure, so quite often there is a big queue of traffic behind me!!!! But it is better to be careful than hit something. Don't let anyone put you off learning to drive (especially yourself) as it is a really good thing to be able to do. It took me a lot of lessons, much more than anyone else i know, but i can do it :-)
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Postby Guest » Sat Jul 03, 2004 11:34 am

I have just remembered, i had a few lessons in a driving simulator before i got behind the wheel of a real car. This really helped with my confidence.
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Postby Charlotte » Sat Jul 03, 2004 6:08 pm

Thanks for your advice, J. I haven't started learning to drive yet but when I do (Which may not be for a few years if the time isn't right) I know to take it slowly, one step at a time. I do want to learn, I don't want to rely on my parents and public transport to drive me to places.
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Postby J » Sat Jul 03, 2004 9:53 pm

I understand that, i didn't learn to drive until i got a job and really needed to. I just couldn't see the point of putting myself through something that really terrified me. Good luck for whenever you decide to do it anyway!
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Postby Charlotte » Sun Jul 04, 2004 2:15 pm

Thank-you :D
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Postby madame_tigre » Sun Feb 20, 2005 11:15 am

I'm really careful when crossing a road and I often wait until the coast is completely clear-I even look both ways when crossing a one way street! On fast roads(where people drive around 50mph) I often cross when the car is closer to me then I thought. because you can't always see the car coming.

I'm 17 years old but I really don't feel ready to learn how to drive yet. I tend to day dream a LOT and my concentration, spacial awareness and timing is poor which is exactly what you don't want to see on a driver! I too worry that if I start driving I'll run a person or an animal over-my worst nightmare is killing them, I also worry about speeding. I worry about everything!
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