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Well I've noticed more and more that my MDing is getting pretty bad when i'm driving.  I catch myself talking to myself and making facial expression.  I'm so embarrassed that other drivers will see me.  When I think of people finding out that there is something seriously wrong with me, I get really sad and feel rejected.  And of course that makes me want to excape to my dds.  I know I should stop listening to music while driving, it is a big trigger.  Does anyone have any other suggestions?  I'm really embarrased by this.

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Comment by Teagan Heart on November 4, 2011 at 4:20pm
Hey, what are you daydreaming about when you are listening to your music if I might ask?
Comment by Nicole on October 31, 2011 at 6:00am
I daydream when I'm driving but I make sure to do it very little considering I have ADD too and don't want to get into an accident. Also since I don't have a license yet I can't speak to my imaginary characters because someone else has to be in the car with me.
Comment by roxanne on October 28, 2011 at 6:36pm
I  DD almost always when driving - there's nothing like motion + music to get you going, but nonetheless, I have been basically a safe driver.  I do believe that most people are somewhere in their heads while they are driving; it isn't just us.  I don't let myself get so far into it that I'm not paying attention to road.  When I'm in heavy traffic, I'm more focused, as I'm sure everyone is.  When you are new, you will be much more focused, I'm sure.
Comment by Paige on October 28, 2011 at 11:06am
Jennifer, Lightman, Roxanne,  Thanks for your replies.  I like the idea of audio books, maybe I could learn something while driving.  As for now I think i'm going to stick with just talk radio and see if that helps.  The Djs talk inbetween songs and i'm usually really listening to them instead of slipping into a dd.  As far a affecting my ability to be a safe driver, well yes it does.  Thats a big concern, isn't it?  Roxanne, i'm glad your were not hurt in your accident.  Do you dd during driving?  How do you deal with it?
Comment by roxanne on October 28, 2011 at 6:02am
In many, many years of driving, I only had 1 accident.  I know it could only take `1, but most non-MD'ers probably have that.  I still have a "safe driving record."  Most people day dream - their ordinary, boring DD's when driving.  I hear people say they don't know how they got here because heir mind was some where else.
Comment by Lightman on October 27, 2011 at 11:00pm

Getting a handsfree is a good idea, but other people and embarrassment aside... When you go deep in your DD does it affect you ability to be a safe driver? I'm getting my license and the two things that help me not MD and drive are:

1. No music  

2. Stick shift (it makes driving more fun and demands more of me as a driver) 

But I still sometimes slip, it's only a matter of seconds, it still scares me. Because seconds in traffic could mean the difference between life and death.  

Comment by roxanne on October 27, 2011 at 1:30pm
Can you follow audio books while driving?  I don't worry so much about others although I often laugh, but I was in an accident.  No one was hurt, Thank God, but it did scare me.
Comment by Paige on October 27, 2011 at 1:20pm

Thanks for that reminder.  I was waiting in the car for my husband to pick me up for lunch one day and I saw someone walking talking on a hands-free phone and thought to myself that it could be a good excuse if anyone caught me MDing.  Of course, it doesn't work for people who know me and know I don't have a hands-free phone.  Regardless i'm still really embarrassed; I see the inablility to stop the behavior as a failure on my part.

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