Where wild minds come to rest
so my brother is older than me, old enough to drive, so my parents are planning to get him a car. One day they were talking about driving in the other room and I just happened to say something about how I would probably be terrible at driving because I wouldn't be able to focus at all, but i said it sortof jokingly, and they don't know about MDD. They kept saying how I'll be fine when I'm old enough to drive, and how it's actually much easier than it seems, but they don't get it, they don't get that I can't even spend 2 minutes in the bathroom without spacing out, and they would never try to understand if I did tell them about it. Is MDD actually a problem for people who drive, cause I'm terrified that it is
Your parents are right. It really is much easier than it seems. I thought i would be terrible at driving in a straight line. But after the initial awkwardness is over, it really isn't difficult. I admit that i used to dd a lot on my way home from uni. It was so bad... i'd get in the car, start the engine, daydream, and then somehow arrive at my house. And it's like, I HAVE NO MEMORY OF DRIVING WHATSOEVER...so yeah, even if you dd, you can still drive, tho i wouldn't recommend!
Try not to fear too much about it. Driving is scary at first, but you will get used to it right away. Like everything else, it's just a rite of passage. Good luck!
Agreed with everyone here, even people without MD daydream while driving, I'm pretty sure there are cases of people driving while asleep... literally asleep, like while they are sleepwalking.
Also want to add that you will probably find it helpful, especially while learning, to turn the radio off. When I get worried about MDing in the car too deeply I also turn my GPS on, even if I know the way, so I'll have a voice reminding me to snap out of it when turns and lane changes are coming up.
Off topic maybe, but I used to travel around the country with my imaginary friends in my car with me. I felt like a crazy person but it was so much fun. I preferred to travel with them than with real people.
I have painfully weaned myself off doing that when I started putting rules in place about where I can and can't DD. Driving is boring, and sometimes I catch myself inwardly DDing in the car (as opposed to openly talking and acting!). I still love driving but if there's only me in the car it can be a bit sad and boring now. But it is better than being crazy.