I am terrified of driving, because I am excellent at it (I am also 17). Ignorance is bliss, I guess. I notice every single mistake that every driver makes, and every time I go out, I fear that it may be the last time...
A bit overly dramatic, but completely true. My driving instructor told me that every single time I should go out on the road, I must assume that every single driver I see is drunk. I should be keeping an eye on every single car that comes and goes. In all honestly, that is true. When you are driving, you absolutely need to keep your eyes moving at all times. There are small things going on around you all the time, and there is always the chance that when you fail to notice one of those small things, it can result in you rear ending someone, or getting T-boned by the guy who ran the red, or ripping the driver door off of the guy who wasn't watching traffic when he was getting out of his car. I'm not
trying to scare you, but at the same time, I am
trying to scare you
If you can just keep your eyes open for everything that goes on around you, you will get accustomed to driving. It doesn't hurt to have a dashcam, either. There are assholes out there that will try to get you into an accident, and make it look like your fault.
Having a fear of driving the way you do is a bit irrational, and you really need to overcome it. I never would've pegged you, universetwisters, as a guy who would be scared of driving...
All it takes is practice. A lot of practice. I'm not going to tell you practice makes perfect, because, being real here, it is impossible to be "perfect" at driving. There is always the .0001% chance of that unavoidable drunk, or that texter who drifted over a lane, or the kid who ran in the street to get their ball. You never know.
I've had the gift of being in two accidents prior to learning to drive, which scared me sh*tless, and taught me not to be distracted (or an otherwise asshole) while driving). The first one, a woman pulled into the intersection when my brother was on a 45mph road, and we didn't have a stop sign. He T-boned her, and sent her to the hospital, with a broken back. I feel no sympathy for her, because she was uninsured, driving someone else's uninsured car, after having back surgery the week before, and wasn't supposed to be walking, let alone driving.
The second incident, my mother and I were waiting at a stop light, and it turned green. However, the car in front of us didn't notice (this was a 55mph road). We honked and waited behind 3-4 other cars, and all of a sudden, get blasted in the rear (no innuendo here) by a Corolla. He was texting, had looked up briefly to see the green light, and kept on his 55mph course. He failed to notice the cars at the green light not moving until it was too late. He also wasn't wearing a seatbelt, so I feel no sympathy for him either.
Point is, just learn to be vigilant, when you are going anywhere. Even now, if you are in a car with someone else driving, learn to be aware of your surroundings. Watch what the other people are doing, and imagine possible outcomes of someone if they make a mistake. I do this every day, I watch car crash videos on YouTube every day, and I've driven for 2 years myself, and never gotten a ticket or been in a crash. Of course, I have the odd curb check or wrong turn, or missing a stop sign, but everyone does, and that is what you need to be wary of. Driving is a discipline, and if you aren't disciplined enough, it will come to bite you in the ass one day.