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#16 Adem

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 08:05 AM

It really depends on the city too.  Buffalo is not a difficult city to drive in, with traffic that usually isn't that bad even during rush hour, as much as I don't enjoy it.  But cities like New York and Boston I would stay away from.

Driving in Boston is a nightmare. I live in a pretty rural area about an hour from the city so when I say that I enjoy driving, it's more in reference to the long stretches of road on which I can enjoy the peace and/or scenery. Even the highway isn't too bad but once you hit the city, it's pretty much a free for all. I don't mind it every once in awhile if it's for good purpose, but I too tend to avoid the bigger cities if I can.


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#17 RedmageAdam

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 08:47 AM

I hate driving. Though I might just hate the crappy car I had to use the few times I did drive after getting my license. At least I don't have the problem that I can't read while I dive myself. It indeed happened before that I had to puke while I was driven.

 

That was pretty much me in my first two "cars". I use the term "car" loosely, because they were more like death traps on wheels. The first one, a Ford Tempo, was a nickle and dimer for sure. That piece of garbage broke down at least once a month. That and it made me even more paranoid than ever. Every time I got it out of the shop, for the next two weeks I'd be too scared to drive. It had overheating problems and would not accelerate going up the highway at all. There is one right by my house that if I went up it, I couldn't break 30 MPH even flooring the gas. The last thing I wanted to do was break down far from home or worse, while on a date. The second car, a Pontiac Grand AM, was alright for a while, but it started doing the same things; breaking down constantly and I had the computer go out in it TWICE within a year.

 

So yeah, a bad car will definitely make you hate driving. I know, because my first 7 years of driving was done in tin cans on wheels that didn't behave normally at all. You should NEVER overheat just idling at a traffic light, nor should you be unable to go faster than 30 on a highway, even if you floor it to the point you're over 5500 RPM. Once I got my Ford Focus on the other hand, my thoughts on driving improved.



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Posted 15 September 2017 - 10:20 AM

I hate driving. Though I might just hate the crappy car I had to use the few times I did drive after getting my license. At least I don't have the problem that I can't read while I dive myself. It indeed happened before that I had to puke while I was driven.


When I was younger I would get motion sickness. I never puked but it felt close. No GameBoy for me in the car. As I got older it seems to have gone away. There's also a medicine called Dramamine that eases motion sickness.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 12:31 PM

I guess i'm lucky i live in a rather small island with a population of twenty thousand people. Takes me 5 minutes to get to work and i don't run into much traffic. I still run into assholes who don't respect the laws of driving by never using the lights to let any other driver around them where they are going to turn or just cross over road lines that they can't cross over.


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#20 Anthus

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 01:20 PM

I guess i'm lucky i live in a rather small island with a population of twenty thousand people. Takes me 5 minutes to get to work and i don't run into much traffic. I still run into assholes who don't respect the laws of driving by never using the lights to let any other driver around them where they are going to turn or just cross over road lines that they can't cross over.


Looks like no turn signal is a global problem. :P

But yeah, it's a huge pet peeve when people don't use one. I get it, if there are absolutely no other cars around, but some people just don't. It's lazy, and selfish, and can be dangerous.
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#21 Norzan

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 02:08 PM

Looks like no turn signal is a global problem. :P

But yeah, it's a huge pet peeve when people don't use one. I get it, if there are absolutely no other cars around, but some people just don't. It's lazy, and selfish, and can be dangerous.

Then some people where i live are surprised by the amount of car crashes in my country. A lot of people are just maniacs who either speed up really fast just to show how "badass" they are or just don't give a crap about who has the priority to drive first and just go anyway because screw the laws of driving.



#22 Mitsukara

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 01:28 PM

I was never good at spatial reasoning, and when walking, I tend to back away from approaching people so instinctively I bump into things behind me, and things like that. Combine this with holding my first and then second jobs, only to do the math and realize that I would need a whole extra job to support things like:

  • The purchase of a car
  • Car insurance (especially if I ever had any accidents)
  • Car maintenance
  • Gas

And I thusly learned how to get around with a lot of walking, and to tangle with bus systems and taxis for longish journeys (and trains and the grayhound bus for longer ones). I had some initial assistance leaving where I grew up (a small town in Texas, where such transit systems didn't exist) via someone who drove and helped me move to Washington (an airplane was also involved).

 

But since around age 20, I haven't lived with anybody that could drive, and I never learned to either. Since that time (I'm 28 now), I held four different jobs, once traveled from Bremerton, WA, to Portland, OR on my own via ferry and train, moved to New York (which was regretable, but not for transportation-related reasons), and have generally gotten around without having a car, nor depending on anyone else who did.

I suppose that's a little off-topic, but, I guess it's a useful example of how cars are not always required, depending on where it is you live. (As mentioned, escaping that particular small town in Texas wouldn't have worked so well otherwise). I don't have an actual opinion on the enjoyment of driving though, except that it seems really scary to me and I'm pretty sure I'd mess it up somehow. Messing up in a car is a lot more likely to get somebody seriously injured than by walking around, so I think I prefer not driving, even aside from the practical reasons.

That said, I can certainly understand the appeal, and enjoy fictional take-offs on it such as videogames or stories with characters who drive cars. Nephrite looks pretty cool in his Ferrari, for example. I also think certain cars look very cool, especially Deloreans (yes it's partly because of Back to the Future, but I also like plain, real Deloreans, not just the time machine version. I always wanted to see an old-style Cylon Centurion step out of one, wielding Darth Vader's lightsaber...).

 

Riding in a car can be a little fun, but I prefer not to do it too often as I fear the possibility of car crashes (though this is still a factor when walking near cars, and I find myself plotting how best to get out of the way in case somebody suddenly veers off the road at me). I absolutely hate thicky-packed fast freeways, and overpass bridges, and have had weird nightmares about dying in a car going off the side of a bridge. So flat, empty country roads, or very slow low-traffic residential roads, are vastly preferable experiences.


Edited by Mitsukara, 14 October 2017 - 01:43 PM.

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#23 Jaghnus

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 05:09 PM

I love driving. Working on cars is a bit of a hobby of mine, so I'm not afraid of driving shit-box cars. My last car was totaled before I bought it. 

 

I like cruising, I don't mind the 22 mile commute every day, and when I get the chance to open that Magnum the fuck up, it feels good man. I don't much care for the way other people drive around here (I-196 gets pretty nasty,) but that's what middle fingers are for.


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#24 Arthas

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 02:05 AM

Depends. If my destination sucks the driving sucks. Also some cars are more fun to drive than others.




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