Oh The Panic

I am a driver, I passed my test when I was 17, and always had a car of my own. I love having the knowledge that I can just pick up my keys and go out if I need to, the freedom it gives me.  Especially where we live as we get one bus every half an hour or hour, depending on time and days, and that is if it has not been cancelled.

Also, with my Daughter with her illness not having a car would be a nightmare to get out as she could not make the walk to the bus stop.

The other day my husband wanted to pop out and asked if I wanted to go along, so we get in the car and head to B&Q, yes I know we go to such romantic places.  Luckily he was driving, as if the car flashes something or pings up something I go into a mad panic.  I learnt my lesson a long time ago to not carry on driving if you are unsure of something, lets just say he got very grumpy with me.

The car pinged and we got this lovely red picture of a car and arrows, luckily B&Q is not a million miles away so we park up and he says he thinks he knows what it is, we drive home he goes out fiddling with things, googles what it could be, changes fuses, and then announces we need a new part.

Me being me, asks if I can still drive it, to be given a look that says it all and a sharp NO.

So that is it, I a carless, I have not needed to go out, we have no appointments this week, and my Daughter is having another really bad week so not going to school, and if it had been working I would not have gone out.  But oh no I feel trapped, I just hate not having my car.

The part is being delivered today and my wonderful husband is going to mend it and I will have a working car again.

Am I going out today, No so why do I feel like this.

Am I alone in this or do you feel like your right arm has been cut off and you are helpless when your car is not working.





  1. hanna
    19th May 2016 / 3:29 pm

    I had car trouble for awhile and it really was awful

    • admin
      19th May 2016 / 4:52 pm

      I hate not having a working car, luckily fixed now x

  2. 19th May 2016 / 4:25 pm

    Couldn’t agree with this more. When I was 17 I passed my test, and then turned 18; I decided that a car wasn’t a priority anymore, the local night club was, so gave it up (insurance was far too much anyway) within six months I had another car. The feeling of loss was unreal! I mean I know I could get out and go places if I needed, but I wanted the freedom that came with having my own car. Needless to say; the local is now out of business haha.

    • admin
      19th May 2016 / 4:50 pm

      I just like the security really that I can just pick the keys up and go where I want too, luckily it is fixed now x

  3. Sarahjane
    19th May 2016 / 6:34 pm

    I don’t own a car but my flatmate does. Not going to lie I would be lost if hers broke.

    • admin
      19th May 2016 / 6:50 pm

      I always hate not having mine around, I really do feel stuck, even if I have no plans about going out x

  4. 19th May 2016 / 7:50 pm

    Oh gosh what an absolute nightmare for you – I would be lost without my car.

    • admin
      20th May 2016 / 5:17 pm

      It was, especially with my Daughter as she is, but luckily it was only off the road for two days and that was only because we had to wait for the part to be delivered x

  5. 19th May 2016 / 8:45 pm

    I don’t think that I would be able to cope without my car. Hope yours gets sorted soon x

    • admin
      20th May 2016 / 5:15 pm

      It is mended now, and I went out this afternoon in it with a big smile on my face x

  6. 19th May 2016 / 11:06 pm

    I would be lost without my car, I’m so used to having one I couldn’t manage without.

    • admin
      20th May 2016 / 5:15 pm

      I couldn’t cope without my car for long, I need one now more than ever with my Daughter the way she is x

  7. 19th May 2016 / 11:15 pm

    I’m glad you guys were able to figure out what was wrong so quickly! I’d definitely feel a little bit helpless if my car stopped working.

    • admin
      20th May 2016 / 5:14 pm

      I had no idea, I was more intrigued at the new picture the display was showing, as had not seen that before. Even when my husband told me what was wrong I still didn’t fully understand x

  8. Anosa
    20th May 2016 / 3:36 am

    I am just learning to drive now so not yet not as I am used to public transport lol
    Hope the car gets fixed quick and you’re back to having one.

    • admin
      20th May 2016 / 5:13 pm

      The car is fixed now 🙂 thank fully it means I have my freedom again x

  9. Mary of A Mary Road
    20th May 2016 / 4:20 am

    I never owned a car neither have a driving license. Still, I could related here! I’m very attached with my bicycle , I cycle everywhere. When I started backpacking, I always found myself upset because I’m stuck somewhere waiting for a bus or walking long distance. It made me feel bad about the days I took my bicycle for granted! Lol!

    • admin
      20th May 2016 / 5:13 pm

      I think that is the problem, we do take things for granted and when they are not there we realise just how much we relied on them. I hate having to wait for buses.

  10. 20th May 2016 / 9:00 am

    I can’t really relate as I don’t drive. We live in a big city and don’t need to drive, so we just walk or get the bus everywhere.

    • admin
      20th May 2016 / 5:12 pm

      Sometimes that would be a blessing, but I think even then I would panic at not having a car to use x

  11. 20th May 2016 / 12:45 pm

    I’m not familiar with the feeling as I’m only starting driving lessons in two weeks! I imagine this is like me being without my phone though, disconnected from the world but in a different sense! It’s great that your husband can mend these things himself 🙂

    • admin
      20th May 2016 / 5:10 pm

      It is sort of the same feeling of not having your phone on you, I panic over that as well. I am lucky that my husband can fix cars as it would have cost a fortune x

  12. Georgina Ingham | Culinary Travels
    20th May 2016 / 6:06 pm

    What a nightmare! I didn’t pass my driving test until I was 21 but I’d be totally lost without my car now.

    • admin
      20th May 2016 / 6:35 pm

      It is silly really, because if my husband is out in the car and I know I can’t use it, I am not bothered but if it is not working I hate it x

  13. 22nd May 2016 / 8:41 am

    I hope your car is sorted soon, as someone who drives I havent ever been in this situation, but I can imagine it is annoying x

    • admin
      22nd May 2016 / 10:52 am

      Luckily it was sorted quickly, once the part arrived it did not take my husband long, and we have a working car again 🙂

  14. 22nd May 2016 / 6:46 pm

    Oh no sorry to hear about your car trouble. I have never driven before and don’t own a car but I am glad you have the car to transport your daughter!

    • admin
      22nd May 2016 / 7:03 pm

      I hate it when something goes wrong with the car, as soon as something goes wrong my first words are to my husband ‘can you fix it’, luckily he did and it did not take too long. It is all working again now x

  15. 14th June 2016 / 8:28 am

    I know the exact feeling you mean! You feel completely lost without a car, you depend on it day in day out and are lost when its not there

    • admin
      14th June 2016 / 2:14 pm

      I hate not having a working car, usually it is not too much of a problem as I can use my parents car, but at the time theirs had been involved in an accident and was having the decision made whether to repair or write off, and they had a courtesy car which although I could have driven I had not been in to the hire place to register my details, they now have a new car so all ok again now

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