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View Poll Results: How Do You Feel About Driving?
I enjoy driving. For me, driving is a pleasurable activity in its own right. 32 56.14%
I don't mind driving, but I'd just as soon let someone else drive or use public transportation. 13 22.81%
I generally dislike driving and do so only when no practical alternative transporation is available. 5 8.77%
I don't drive at all, don't need to, and don't want to. 7 12.28%
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Old September 10 2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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How Do You Feel About Driving?

A current thread on the Science and Technology forum veered off into a discussion about the possibilities -- and limitations -- of automated, self-driving cars. Which got me to thinking: How do you people feel about driving?

Maybe it's because I'm a born-and-bred Southern Californian, but I actually like driving. I enjoy slipping behind the wheel and skillfully controlling and maneuvering a vehicle in traffic, or cruising along the 105 Freeway where traffic is usually light.

So, which of the four poll options comes closest to your thoughts on driving in general?
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Old September 10 2013, 09:51 PM   #2
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Re: How Do You Feel About Driving?

driving's fun around here. loads of wiggley roads to drive. well at least it was when i had a vehicle.

i'd probably like it less if i had to do a lot of motorway miles or lived in a big city.
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Old September 10 2013, 09:58 PM   #3
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Re: How Do You Feel About Driving?

I don't drive and don't have any intentions to ever learn. I could not afford to buy and run a car. If I can't get somewhere by bus or taxi, train or tram, plane or ferry, or on foot its not worth going to IMO.
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Old September 10 2013, 10:47 PM   #4
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Re: How Do You Feel About Driving?

I like driving. In the right conditions, it can be a lot of fun.

A panoramic road up the sunny hills, a trip along the coast, or even zipping around in the traffic.

For everyday commutes, I prefer to use public transport, as it's cheaper and less tiring. But for my own leisure time, driving is more enjoyable.
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Old September 10 2013, 10:54 PM   #5
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Re: How Do You Feel About Driving?

I love driving. Sometimes I just get in the car and drive around with no destination in mind.
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Old September 10 2013, 11:01 PM   #6
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Re: How Do You Feel About Driving?

I am car free by choice. I hate driving. When I started learning how to drive I remember the thought that went through my head at the time was, "this activity is everything I'm really really bad at rolled into one". I can drive, but I don't intend to ever live in a place where I need to. I enjoy public transport and it's extensive in my city.
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Old September 10 2013, 11:01 PM   #7
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Re: How Do You Feel About Driving?

Neither of those options are suitable for me

Sometimes I don't mind driving, other days I do. Now that I'm a driver I prefer to be in control rather than a passanger. And there is no other practical method of transportation where I live. You simply have to drive to get around, Public transport is virtually non-existant and at totally unsuitable times.

So I'll take the fifth option. I have no choice but to drive whether or not I like it.

And I used to be a field employee so did a I lot of driving. Sure a nice warm sunny day with ideal driving conditions in a picturesque setting driving can be highly enjoyable. Stuck crawling along in a traffic jam in awful weather coniditons not so much. Worst weather to drive in is snow , it's been my experaince a fair few people have no idea how to drive in snow.
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Old September 10 2013, 11:03 PM   #8
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Re: How Do You Feel About Driving?

MacLeod wrote: View Post
Neither of those options are suitable for me

Sometimes I don't mind driving, other days I do. Now that I'm a driver I prefer to be in control rather than a passanger. And there is no other practical method of transportation where I live. You simply have to drive to get around, Public transport is virtually non-existant and at totally unsuitable times.

So I'll take the fifth option. I have no choice but to drive whether or not I like it.
Public transportation is bad around here, too. We have busses that run during the day, but if you have to get anywhere after 9pm, you're screwed. And they don't run on Sundays at all.
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Old September 10 2013, 11:16 PM   #9
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Re: How Do You Feel About Driving?

I like driving very much because it provides me with the flexibility i want.

Germany's public transportation is pretty good, especially in cities but my company is located in a commercial district a bit ouf of town so there is only one bus line that drives every 20 minutes or so up until late evening where it's driving even less.

So you miss one of the scheduled stops and you have to wait at least 20 minutes..by car i'm halfway home in 20 minutes.

Maintaining and operating a car costs me more than double what it would cost me to buy a monthly ticket for public transportation but it is well worth the flexibility to be able to come and go according to your timetable and not someone else's.
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Old September 10 2013, 11:21 PM   #10
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Re: How Do You Feel About Driving?

Never bothered to learn. It holds no interest for me.

I'm 50 now, so not likely to change my mind...
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Old September 10 2013, 11:26 PM   #11
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Re: How Do You Feel About Driving?

Relayer1 wrote: View Post
Never bothered to learn. It holds no interest for me.

I'm 50 now, so not likely to change my mind...
My mother learnt to drive at 72 and my eldest sister, who is 58, only learnt to drive this year. However, my Mum decided to learn after my father became too ill to drive, and my sister got hers after her husband died so they were used to being driven around by someone else.

Like you I have no interest at all and I won't change my mind either.
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Old September 10 2013, 11:44 PM   #12
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Re: How Do You Feel About Driving?

I don't mind driving, and have to do it a lot, but I prefer to be a passenger. Especially so in the winter months where I would rather be absolutely anywhere but behind the wheel of a car.
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Old September 10 2013, 11:51 PM   #13
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Re: How Do You Feel About Driving?

If I lived anywhere where mass transit was a viable option, I'd dump my license in a heartbeat. I don't like driving, hate being on the road, and generally feel like the act itself (being behind the wheel) is a waste of time. But living in rural TN, it's a necessary evil.
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Old September 10 2013, 11:55 PM   #14
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Re: How Do You Feel About Driving?

I love driving. I've always lived places where it would be pretty hard to get around well without a car.

From where I live NE Ohio you can take all two lane county back roads to get to my mothers home(columbus). It's a great run. Hilly with long sweepers. Great for the 2-3/3-2 shifts. Keeping her (on the cam). Great fun.
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Old September 11 2013, 12:00 AM   #15
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Re: How Do You Feel About Driving?

I love driving. I love the control and freedom it gives me. People talk all of the time about subways, buses and other forms of public transportation and I shrug. If the only way I had to get from home to work and back was to plan my day around schedules and to sit next to some woman who smells like burned ocra yell into her phone I'd probably go nuts.

My car is sitting right outside. I can go to it right now and drive to anywhere I want, it's fifty feet away. THAT'S freeing and isn't something I can get from a bus.
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