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Being forced to drive, is that okay? What are your opinions?
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I think it's a good skill to learn, even if you don't want to drive - I've been in a few emergency situations where it literally saved lives because I knew how. As others have said, it's also useful as a form of ID, since it's the most recognized form (at least in the US).
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I wish I had seen this thread when it was still on the first page.

Had I posted here back when I was 17-18, I would never admit this, but looking back, I was afraid to get my licence, because I was worried I would be a rubbish driver and be humiliated if I failed my test. I'm 24 now, and I wish I could tell myself how silly I was then. I didn't end up getting my licence until I was 21, but those 4 years I never knew what I was missing.

Having a licence is liberating. People don't really understand until they actually have a car themselves; what it's like to be able to just jump in and go. When you've had that freedom for a while, you definitely realize how much it means to you when you can't make use of it for any period of time. Whether your car breaks down, you go on holidays without it, or lose it for being a moron on the road, it's a major inconvenience, and you wonder how you were ever ok with not having your licence when you were old enough to get it.

I suffered extreme self worth and confidence issues as a teenager, and I was lazy. Be offended if you want, but the truth is, that's why most people don't want to learn to drive. I can't share exactly what happened to me, but suffice to say I experienced something that changed me, and one of the first major turning points was going for my driver's licence. You might think you don't want or need your licence (I did too), but trust me when I say that there is no reason for you not to get it. You can still do everything you want (bike / walk) with a licence that you could without it. It just gives you additional options. One day something on a life and death scale may happen that will make you glad you had a licence to drive.

For your own sakes, let go of that adolescent stubbornness and go do it. Trust me, your future self will benefit. Otherwise, your friends and coworkers will think of you as the weird person who can't drive, and who will be lucky to keep a girl/boyfriend, they might not say it to your face, or even behind your back, if they're loyal, but they will be thinking it.

P.S. I did fail my test. Twice. I kept it secret for a while, but it doesn't even matter. Mistakes are how we learn, wouldn't you rather an expert point it out in your test, than a cop who has just pulled you over? Since passing the third test, I have never been in an accident, and have never received so much as a parking fine. How you use your licence is your choice, having a car doesn't mean you have to do reckless things in it.
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that's why public transports are invented... nobody can force you to do anything.


In this age of pollution, scientists are actually encouraging you to use public transports and bicycles...
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pl4que wrote:

If your city has good public transportation and you are afraid or unwilling to drive, then it's best to just not drive. It's expensive to own a car and if you aren't confident while driving it can be dangerous.


This. I used to live in NY and got by without a car just fine.

However, you can make quite a bit of money driving. You know, if you don't get fired like me.
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With the burden comes the responsibility. You must take care when driving. You learn that driving is and always will have a bit of danger to it. You take more than your life into your hands when you drive, and those lives do not have to be inside of the vehicle. That being said you will be given a very precious gift. You must protect this gift. It is a gift called freedom.

You will no longer be bound by a bus schedule.
You will no longer be limited by the bus routes.
You will no longer be forced to rely upon others for any transportation needs you have.

What you gain is important. More importantly though if Goku can learn why can't you?
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ArtyD42 wrote:
More importantly though if Goku can learn why can't you?





Kira0309 wrote:
Might as well stamp a loser sign to your forehead.


My loser status is well-established enough that being in the passenger seat shouldn't have any effect!
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do nott drive if youre being forced to. unless in desperate needs of the fam
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What are you scared of, failing? You can learn to drive but not drive afterwards or is it that you just don't want a license?
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This thread reeks of ignorant and wacky hormones.
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dark_paradox_21 wrote:

In the US, learning to drive is a necessity. When you were little, you probably didn't want to learn to wipe your own butt either. Why wipe yourself and get your hands dirty when you can yell for mommy or daddy? Driving is the same thing except that driving can be enjoyable.

Guess what - in the real world you'll probably have to get somewhere at some time. Unless you have plenty of money for taxis or private drivers, learning to drive is a necessity. If you live in a major metropolitan area with a great mass transit system driving is a luxury. If you live anywhere else on the North American continent, LEARN TO DRIVE YOU SELFISH TWIT! Mommy and daddy aren't going to be your personal taxi forever. And learn to drive WELL while you're at it. There are lots of people on the roads with families to see and work to do. Try not to screw them over.

Are you seriously comparing wiping your ass to driving?


tsukasa789 wrote:

This thread reeks of ignorant and wacky hormones.
because hormones can be ignorant -_-
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Spazticus wrote:


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.


I was talking about normal healthy men (while holding a personal grudge). You have an excuse and no women would hold that against you in that aspect. ^_^

By the way......if your blind....how were you able to read my post?
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Don't worry about it. Use a bike
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No reason not to learn, its not hard or anything and someday you might need to drive in an emergency, or you might need to know how to drive to do a particular job that you're applying for.
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I guess it depends on where you live. Where I grew up, in the middle of nowhere, driving was your only option to get anywhere. Winter weather made things worse. If you don't want to learn, that your choice.
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I want to learn how to drive in case of emergency. That's all. Is it okay to dream to get myself a driver?
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