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Being forced to drive, is that okay? What are your opinions?
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Posted 1/12/13 , edited 1/13/13
I don't want to learn either

I feel like this is a decision that should be made by only me but people are arguing about my choice. If I were to drive now I'll just be doing it unwillingly. Why would you want to put an unwilling person behind the wheel, you're just asking for them to crash

Seriously, all this is making me hate driving even more and I haven't even started.

Ever felt like you have been pressured to drive?
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Same. I don't need to drive yet, so I haven't bothered learning.

I guess you could learn and get the exam out of the way so that you don't have to do it later and you make the "people" happy. Though sticking with "No, I don't want to drive" is fine. With all the ways to get around without driving, it's not like it's necessary.
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I don't drive either, and I have no intention to. Everyone at my work tell me constantly to learn how to drive. But then, they tell me to do a lot of things I don't want to do. I just don't listen.
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I don't see the point in not wanting to drive, if your scared or whatever that's fine. X-x and it is your life so if you don't want to drive then don't.
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I used to feel the same way too. But once you start doing it, you will never want to take public transport. It's such a hassle.

On top of that, whether you want to or not it is best to learn. What happens when you get married or have kids, you can't always rely on public transportation.
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Driving is really convenient and and really helps you with your independence, but if you don't want to drive, more power to you. Just simply DON'T drive. Just take the bus/subway/taxi and don't expect people to drive you everywhere.

It's not like the people pushing you can drive can study for you and physically take the written and practical driver's exam for you.

I'm all for people not wanting to be behind the wheel to not be. Probably better for the environment in the long run, plus save some lives.
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23 / F / Washington State
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When I was a teenager I was the same way. I told myself I was never ever going to drive, but my family kept pressuring me. I started driving when I was 17; I'm 21 now. I hate to say this but driving is one of my least favorite things to do. I don't mind going for a drive in my neighborhood while listening to music, but driving in traffic to get somewhere important is enough to pull my hair out. It also snows a lot where I live and the streets get pretty slippery. The good thing about driving is having independence and being able to go where ever I want without begging for a ride. Being a ride mooch sucks. For now, if you have access to public transportation then don't worry about driving yet. Just keep the possibility open, because if you have a car then you can go anywhere you want.
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Its so refreshing to hear you young wippersnappers saying your not down with driving. Bicycling is whats up anyway. The only major bummer about not driving is lack of beats. I got a 12" Sony explode pushed though a 650 watt Kicker amp. Thats the bizness. Although I would like more.......
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cynic09 wrote:

I used to feel the same way too. But once you start doing it, you will never want to take public transport. It's such a hassle.


This depends on where you live. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and I would never, never, EVER drive to San Francisco under any circumstances because it's extremely difficult to find parking and any parking you can find is ridiculously expensive. If I have to go to SF, I always take public transit. In some cases, taking public transit is faster. However, for just about anything else, I drive.

My parents were the ones dragging me to learn how to drive. I still hate driving during commute times (but it's a little hard to avoid working an office job with regular business hours). I try to avoid the freeway when I can. Still, being able to drive is a nice form of freedom. Depending on where you live, you pretty much may not have a choice. If I lived in San Francisco, I could get away with public transit, but in suburbia, it's pretty hard NOT learning how to drive because there's NOTHING within walking distance.
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Same here, I just catch the bus when going to classes. Parking is horrible at my campus. I'll drive eventually.
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19 / M / England
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I've chosen not to learn, both because I have no interest and because I think it is unsafe to put someone who would gradually forget that they were driving at the wheel....
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the sooner you get your license the quicker they start counting years for insurance, so it will be cheaper when you need it.
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23 / M / South Carolina
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I used to be worried that I would be terrible at driving. I put it off for a good while, but within the first two days of learning I picked it right up. It's not all that hard, you just have to be aware of your surroundings. Most of the time, it's what OTHER people do that gets you into accidents, not one of your mess ups. (Should you be paying attention as stated before.)
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I live in San Antonio and EVERY car has dents and dings from the sloppy drivers here. When you have your first accident, we call it "The Texas Welcoming Party".

I'm not a driver by nature. I prefer mass transit or walking. I have a licence, a car (undented) and insurance, but if my destination is within 3 miles, I'll walk.
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18 / M / Tórshavn
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I am not sure if I will get me a drivers license, just because *The worlds supply of oil is running out;)* Or I just don't want to pay for the gas <.<
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