I dislike driving.

Reasons why although T having a motorbike once more makes my life easier (did I mention that? Oh, well, you’ll see it in our monthly roundup…), for example, being able to drive to meetings/interviews during the day, and not having to wait for the bus home in the cold and dark, it also adds a dimension of stress.

1. I am a very, very nervy person. I jump at everything. So it’s no surprise I’m a nervous driver, and I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready to sit my full licence.

2. To that end, I have to devise all sorts of roundabout routes when I do take the car. Working normal hours also means braving peak hour. It’s near impossible to turn right out of the street I work on to go home, so often I wuss out and turn left. A bit of a detour ensues, obviously. The same goes for leaving the house in the mornings, complicated by the fact that I have to reverse out. DON’T LAUGH. Hmm. I think we should impose a backing-in rule, actually.

3. Traffic. Is there anything more irritating than getting up to a traffic light just as it turns red? At every single intersection on your journey?

To that end, I don’t drive in every single day. There are days it rains or it’s too cold for the bike to start up at 5am. Also, I like to walk to work occasionally.

You look like a Power Ranger, I said:

But seriously, I’m happy for him. Remember when he bought his Xbox? I was so ridiculously heartwarmed by the whole thing then. I’ve never had anything like this for myself, he said.

And now we can go gazelle on travel/wedding/honeymoon saving – and after that, a down payment. A project car and dirt buggy are still on his wishlist, but financially still years away, not to mention they require a garage. So really, that’s going to come after home ownership.

9 thoughts on “I dislike driving.

  • Reply Emily Jane August 30, 2011 at 04:22

    I was going to write a VERY similar post in the next few weeks! I’m totally jumpy too. I got scared and screamed this weekend when I popped a champagne cork, lol

  • Reply Geek in Heels August 30, 2011 at 06:32

    I hate driving too! And it’s gotten worse since I moved from the suburbs to a city…sometimes I get tempted to move to the middle of nowhere just so I don’t need to deal with the endless traffic, the bad drivers, and lack of parking.

  • Reply Insomniac Lab Rat August 30, 2011 at 17:57

    I always liked driving when I was younger (and lived in a small town!), but now that I live in a big city… I don’t like it as much. At least it doesn’t get snowy/icy here as much as it did in Michigan. Yuck.

    I totally hear you on the turning left out of your parking lot- I used to turn right out of my old apartment complex instead of left for the same reason (and it took me a good minute to figure out why turning left would be easier than turning right…my brain is tired!)- but then they started doing construction on my detour! It was awful.

    It does get easier over time though, or at least it did for me (not so much the turning into traffic part, but the general driving and the backing out). I can’t wait until it cools down here and I can start walking places again though!

  • Reply Harri @ TotallyMoney August 31, 2011 at 05:14

    I’m a useless driver (and a nervous one at that). My boyfriend used to have to drive my car off the driveway in the mornings. That was before I crashed the car three times on separate incidents in the same petrol station. Mortifying.

  • Reply Clare - Never Niche August 31, 2011 at 11:19

    I let people believe I don’t have a car in order to save money but it’s actually because I’m scared of driving.

  • Reply nicoleandmaggie August 31, 2011 at 14:18

    I don’t like driving either. For the same reasons.

  • Reply Wifey of a Roadie September 1, 2011 at 15:21

    I love London because I can get anywhere in the city without driving! In California I have to drive but we did have too move outside of the city for me to get behind the wheel more often!

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