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Being forced to drive, is that okay? What are your opinions?
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Posted 1/12/13 , edited 1/12/13

Kira0309 wrote:


You need a driver's license because it is a form of identity unless you want to carry around your passport or birth certificate. To take out money from a bank, to buy alcohol, get married, etc. requires proof of identification. You don't have to drive but its important to have a license regardless....unless of course you plan to live with your parents for the rest of your life.


Also to all men out there. Guys that don't drive or have a car are a real TURNOFF!!!! If your in college and your girlfriend has to drive you everywhere, that is really REALLY LAME!!!! Might as well stamp a loser sign to your forehead.


Well I wouldn't mind having a passport instead of a drivers license and it even costs a lot just to get a piece of paper -.-
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I was forced.

My parents said that I needed the ID to become a full fledged person or something.


On the day of the exam.. I sweated bullets. Two of the people in my school after me up for the exam failed! I was lucky tho and got a different instructor and, well, passed!


I dont understand I am 18 and just got my license but I didn't have to take a driving test with an instructor to get my license. I took the written test and had my permit since 16 but never driving test.
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JayVeeDees wrote:


Kira0309 wrote:


You need a driver's license because it is a form of identity unless you want to carry around your passport or birth certificate. To take out money from a bank, to buy alcohol, get married, etc. requires proof of identification. You don't have to drive but its important to have a license regardless....unless of course you plan to live with your parents for the rest of your life.


Also to all men out there. Guys that don't drive or have a car are a real TURNOFF!!!! If your in college and your girlfriend has to drive you everywhere, that is really REALLY LAME!!!! Might as well stamp a loser sign to your forehead.


Well I wouldn't mind having a passport instead of a drivers license and it even costs a lot just to get a piece of paper -.-


I have a state ID and it serves as a form of identification! It looks almost exactly like a driver's license but it doesn't allow you to drive legally. I had to get one because my college needed a form of legal identification with a photo for my school ID card but my passport expired and I didn't have a driver's license yet so I went to the DMV and got myself a state ID card.

I personally dislike driving and I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that way. I get really nervous on the road cause all the other cars seem to get mad at me for trying to drive even when I'm with an instructor and after an hour long ride I end up with a headache. Sometimes I even get nosebleeds before I start driving.

Right now I think I'm still slightly traumatized after accidentally driving into a wall by pressing the gas pedal instead of the break pedal when I was just learning how to drive. Everyone keeps telling me that I need to get my license and I know I'll probably need it since I live in LA but I cant help but feel that the world is safer with me outta the streets. . .What if this is some higher power telling me that I'm better off not driving.
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Kira0309 wrote:


JayVeeDees wrote:

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 <.<


You need a driver's license because it is a form of identity unless you want to carry around your passport or birth certificate. To take out money from a bank, to buy alcohol, get married, etc. requires proof of identification. You don't have to drive but its important to have a license regardless....unless of course you plan to live with your parents for the rest of your life.


Also to all men out there. Guys that don't drive or have a car are a real TURNOFF!!!! If your in college and your girlfriend has to drive you everywhere, that is really REALLY LAME!!!! Might as well stamp a loser sign to your forehead.


I have a State ID, and have never had a license. It suffices in place of the license, for everything except any employment that would require a valid license. Then again, I've been legally blind since birth, and I would seriously question the mental health of anyone who would suggest that I should be driving in my condition. I acknowledge that it's tough not being able to drive myself anywhere, and the public transportation in my area is very unreliable. I still manage as best I can, and I'm fortunate to have the help of family for getting groceries and other necessities.

If that makes my circumstances a turnoff, so be it. I'll never be able to drive, and I wouldn't want to be with anyone for whom that is a problem.
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A state ID is not as good as a license, some places will not accept it as a proper form of ID. I agree with anyone who says that a license is important to have as an ID because it is. Also with both a license and passport it's better to get before you turn 18... I forget the specifics but when you're younger your parents can help in the process and it's easier but when you're 18 you are on your own.

All that said, I hate driving! I hate it so much, I have not driven in 10 years! I got my license as soon as I could because my parents pushed me to do it. I failed both of the tests before passing them. I'd get so upset every time I had to get behind the wheel. But still I think it's a good thing to have because of the ID thing and also because now if I ever decide I do want to drive I'll be able to get the insurance super cheap because I've never been in an accident... because I never drive! Also when I see people around my age struggling to get their licence I think "Wow really? You just didn't get that out of the way years ago?" The sooner you start the sooner you can stop
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Walk or jog or bike to work! :)

I have a car that I mostly just drive on the weekends to go out. Other than that I commute on the bus and bike to work since it's expensive to park in downtown Seattle. If more people used mass transit/carpool and walked/biked to work, our total carbon footprint would be reduced and we could leave a cleaner greener Earth for the next generation. Healthy for you too so maybe you'll add a few years to your life.
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The fact is, we live in such a "car society", for lack of a better term, that learning to drive is a skill you need eventually. If you live in New York City, then perhaps not, but if you move out of the big cities, it'll be impossible to get just about anywhere without a car.
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Seeing as you live in New York, I don't blame you.

I live in a city where everything is Metro accessible and within reasonable distance, though I still thought of getting my license, mostly because of the freedom that comes with it. Plus, I want to learn to drive in case of emergencies. My mom gets sick sometimes and I feel horrible when I'm not able to drive her to and from the hospital. I plan on getting my permit this summer.
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If you live in the US, most cities don't have sufficient forms of public transport that can be used to sustain a career.

Many aspects of life you will do without wanting to, but that's life. Suck it up and get over it, you're most likely going to have to drive eventually. Not being able to can prevent you from making a living.

Besides, what if there's an emergency? Are you going to catch a bus a day late and a dollar short?
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21 about to be 22 and I've only been behind the wheel twice, plus I live in GA where its a given and pretty much a necessary thing to be a functional human being. Got my learner's which is probably about to expire, but I'm terrifuckingfied of driving, which ehh... isn't too good.
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unhip wrote:


I was forced.

My parents said that I needed the ID to become a full fledged person or something.


On the day of the exam.. I sweated bullets. Two of the people in my school after me up for the exam failed! I was lucky tho and got a different instructor and, well, passed!


I dont understand I am 18 and just got my license but I didn't have to take a driving test with an instructor to get my license. I took the written test and had my permit since 16 but never driving test.



Well, in New York you are to take a multiple choice test, and when you come of age(18) you are to take the driving test to drive with out supervision.
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Personally, I think you should learn how to drive, it is a valuable skill. The longer you take to learn, the harder it will be. As time passes, learning skills becomes more difficult. Now, if once you have learned how to drive, you dont want to ever drive again, or dont want to own a car, i dont have an issue with that. But learning how to drive to me is as important as learning how to swim, ride a bike and what not.
You never know when there might be some kind of emergency and you might need to drive, its a good skill to master, and not really something you forget how to do.
As for being forced to drive, i dont believe people can actually be forced to do anything, people ultimately make the choice.
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Don't let anyone force you to drive. Do whatever the hell you want.

I'm 21, and I don't drive. I have no urge nor desire to...and people realize that.

Sure, I get criticized by some people. These people call me "lazy."

"I'm not a lazy guy," I tell them. "Would a lazy guy not drive and instead walk everywhere? Would a lazy guy use a bike to get from place to place?"

No. Lazy people drive short distances. Jobs? Grocery stocking? Those are different stories. But down the street? Around the corner? To random places for no reason? Hell, just find some other way to do that.

Sure, I don't get out a lot. I don't like to. But when I do, yeah, I always walk or bike. I like to think of myself as a smarter person in this sense:

-Saves money on gas and insurance.
-Saves money on general upkeep of car and parts (as well as the cost of a car itself)
-It's a workout! I mean, come on...

I don't know if I will ever drive unless I get a job really far away from where I live. And even then, I would rather ride a...motorcycle, or...moped. Preferably a moped! I mean, 30mph's fast enough for me. Don't need a licence...it works for me.

Who's forcing you to get a license? If you don't want a license, purposely fail your maneuverability test! Just...drive right into a cone, or something. Defend yourself, don't let anyone force you to do something that you don't want to do. You're an adult...well, according to that number under your name, you are. Live your own life...if you want to drive, drive. If you don't, don't.

Ugh...sorry, I'm not usually like this. It's just that people who try to force other people to do what they don't want to do really piss me off.
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Amyas_Leigh wrote:

21 about to be 22 and I've only been behind the wheel twice, plus I live in GA where its a given and pretty much a necessary thing to be a functional human being. Got my learner's which is probably about to expire, but I'm terrifuckingfied of driving, which ehh... isn't too good.


Not driving isn't going to help your fear. Practicing when and where it's less dangerous regularly till you feel comfortable will, preferably before it is a must that you drive when you are surely not prepared. Avoiding it when you know it's going to be a necessity for you will only create anxiety and accomplish nothing while wasting time in the long run.


I'm a poster child of someone that hates driving. I rolled my car and bounced three times. I still need to drive regardless, because society couldn't care less about whether you're scared or not.
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Posted 1/13/13
A lot of my classmates already have a driving license and they're encouraging me to learn as well. I don't want to though. There's too much traffic where I live it's unbelievable. I don't think I'm too patient or forgiving enough to sit behind the wheel when the situation is like that every single day. I'd probably cause an accident or something.

I'd rather walk, thank you. It's faster than being stuck in traffic.
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