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25 November 2006

"What if I ride?"

Driving School and Law Office, Toronto, ON, 04-Dec-05

"What if you walk?"

I know that at some point, I will have to get my driver's licence. Underground transportation in big cities is usually quite reliable, and the traffic so reliably thick, that there seems to be no point in driving a car. But what if we moved to a smaller city or town where nothing was in walking distance? What if we had kids that got sick and couldn't just hop in a cab, and no one else but me was around to take them to the doctor? What if I always felt like something was missing from my regular adult life, and I grew weary of people crying, incredulously, "You don't know how to drive?" (You should hear how they react when they discover that I don't know how to ride a bike.)

Motorists, trust me when I insist that I'd be a horrible driver, with no hand-eye coordination or depth perception whatsoever. I'd be a slow driver, terrified of causing an accident, or a speed demon, racing home before I have the chance to cause an accident. I know it doesn't make sense, and also someone once told me that nervous drivers have "great defensive skills" (hmm), but I think it's probably best that I stay off the road as long as possible.



Ben Patrick said...

Get you licence, but don't get a car. If you've been able to get by without one for this long, stick it out for as long as possible. Environmentally and financially you're doing yourself a favour. If you get rides from others and want to pay them back, hand them some cash for gas and that'll make up for it. You don't want to get sucked in on relying on a vehicle.

Miss Muffy said...

I agree - it takes so long to get your licence, you might as well get the ball rolling. And for the record, I used to be one of those "What do you MEAN you don't have a license!" people. Then I made about a ba-gillion friends who didn't drive. I shut up now and judge in silence!

Jeremy said...

I'm with you on this one--I really need to get around to getting a license.

And, unrelated to this entry, thanks for linking my journal. Once I finally noticed that, I enjoyed catching up on your back entries.