Overcoming your fear of driving

Where Can I Find the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)?

The vehicle identification number (VIN) is composed of 17 characters (digits and capital letters) that act as a unique identifier for the vehicle. A VIN displays the car's unique features, specifications and manufacturer.

The VIN can be found in a couple of places including on the car's registration label (1), on the compliance plate in the engine bay (2) or on the passenger side windshield (3), or on one of the door posts (where the door latches when it is closed) (4). See the image below:

Look for the VIN in these other locations:

  • Insurance card/Insurance policy
  • Vehicle title and registration certificate


All too often when you're out on the roads, you'll encounter some rude drivers. Whether that's beeping because you hesitated too long at a green light or didn't anticipate their split-second lane merge, other drivers can be really mean.

This is one of the main issues that a new driver will have to deal with, alongside learning road rules and becoming familiar with driving itself. Having other impatient drivers sit up your bumper, honk their horns or cut you off can really niggle at your nerves, so much so that you become reluctant to drive.

However, it's not an uncommon problem, and there are many others out there who have dealt with the same issue. Let's have a look at some tips that helped them adjust to driving comfortably.

Driving doesn't have to be difficult if you're in a calm environment.Driving doesn't have to be difficult if you're in a calm environment.

Identify the cause of fear

It could be aspects of driving that cause panic to sink in. For example, you could be completely fine, except when it comes to the need to parallel park. Or suburban roads are easy as pie but highways instil a sense of dread in your stomach.

Finding out exactly what makes you reluctant to drive is the first step in making a plan to overcome it.

Find a car that is comfortable

Owning your own car may reduce the worry and stress surrounding driving.

If driving gives you anxiety, there's no point doing it in a car that you're not comfortable in. There is a wide range of affordable second-hand cars out there, and perhaps being able to own your own car may reduce the worry and stress surrounding driving, especially since there won't be any angry parents on the other end if you do end up in an accident.

Any fear that has resulted from a car crash could also be vanquished if you switch cars. A fresh start in a different vehicle may be all that you need to conquer your anxiety.

If you are considering getting a second-hand car, remove unnecessary worry by purchasing a CarHistory report.

Find a car that you'll enjoy driving - it'll make it easier to overcome your fears.Find a car that you'll enjoy driving - it'll make it easier to overcome your fears.

Get professional help

If you think your anxiety or fear of driving isn't something that you can resolve on your own, there are many people out there trained in this field to help you. It can include deep breathing techniques and tips on how to create a calm situation.

Anxiety Australia explains that one of the most effective ways to deal with a driving phobia is exposure therapy1. This includes facing your fears, but in small increments that slowly help you to build up confidence.

Driving can be a valuable skill to have in your future, and offers a convenient way of getting around. Make sure you're fearless behind the wheel and you'll truly be able to enjoy the freedom your own set of wheels can bring.

1Anxiety Australia, How to beat anxiety with exposure therapy. Accessed June, 2016.

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