Real Cars Are Still Scarier Than GTA V's

Back in February, I wrote an essay about how a car accident left me with a stubborn fear of driving—something that GTA V’s unnervingly realistic car crashes reminded me of often. My colleagues at Jalopnik weren’t having it. They eventually convinced me to try driving again, and you can see how it went in their story.

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Back in February, I wrote an essay about how a car accident left me with a stubborn fear of driving—something that GTA V’s unnervingly realistic car crashes reminded me of often.

Could have been worse. You could’ve had the polar opposite reaction like I did when I had my accident.

In highschool I nearly rolled over my parents 70’s GMC pickup when I got to far on the shoulder and the asphault gave way causing my right side to fall into a 12in ditch, which I in turn over corrected and lost control up a hill side. I ended up sliding on my side for about 100 yards before lading upright on the opposite shoulder. No other cars involved and I only had a slight scratch on my leg.

That said there was a split second right after that I thought to myself, “I AM UNTOUCHABLE!” Right before thinking, “OH GOD MY DAD’S GOING TO KILL ME!”

Been driving ever since (12 years) and been in only one major accident since which wasn’t even my fault.

I guess what I’m getting at is, isn’t it genuinely interesting how people react differently to traumatic events?