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Old 04-02-05, 11:40 PM   #1
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well i Just got my divers licence...

well i just got my divers licence today, for the last 2 years i have commuted to school and everywhere else by my bicycle. I guess its time to see how much i really love my bike, I admit its going to be hard to get up in the mournings and pedal my way through the cold when i could just push the gas pedal.
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Old 04-02-05, 11:53 PM   #2
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That is until you realize you will have to work three jobs to pay for gas! You will love your bike all over again!!
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Old 04-03-05, 12:04 AM   #3
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I hope next week you can get your driver's licence so it's easier to go diving.
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I have probably only driven about 8 times in my life. I don't miss paying for gas at all.

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im gonna go get my licence this week, i have to take the written and my drive, any advice? IM still gonna ride everywhere, exsept school
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Yeah. Learn to parallel park, make sure you say lots of positive things to the examiner about cyclists sharing the road, and don't hit anything or anyone.

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im gonna go get my licence this week, i have to take the written and my drive, any advice? IM still gonna ride everywhere, exsept school
well all states have differnt tests but my written test was extreamly easy..just showed alot of digrams of intersections and asked about who had the right of way.

my skills test was a little harder...i kinda got triped up on the technicalites of turning on to a oneway street,
but for gods sake take the test in a automatic.....you have so many little details to worry about during the test that trying to focus on shifting would just make it that much harder.
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well i just got my divers licence today, for the last 2 years i have commuted to school and everywhere else by my bicycle. I guess its time to see how much i really love my bike, I admit its going to be hard to get up in the mournings and pedal my way through the cold when i could just push the gas pedal.
You mean when you drive to school next to your mommy...?

And the insurance is going to be through the roof for young drivers.
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I'm 15 1/2 and I haven't taken any of my classes yet. Plan on going in the summer as I will have to drive my younger sisters to school next year.

No hurry to learn how to drive, everything within a 60mile radius of my home is easily accesible to me on a bike.
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No hurry to learn how to drive, everything within a 60mile radius of my home is easily accesible to me on a bike.
that was my philosophy to...thats why i didnt get my licence freshman year like alot of kids, but its only about a 40 mile radius for me.

60 miles! thats means you gota go 60 miles back.......and if my computations are correct thats a century and a fifth, for a cummute!
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Old 04-03-05, 08:57 AM   #11
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The thrill wears off rapidly. I like driving, but I could live without it.
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Old 04-03-05, 09:43 AM   #12
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Hell I'm almost 23 and I didn't bother to get my license yet. It's probably the dumbest thing you can do to waste money in NYC.
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60 miles! thats means you gota go 60 miles back.......and if my computations are correct thats a century and a fifth, for a cummute!
The ride back is no problem. As long as I get to rest a bit between when i get there and when I go back.

But, most of my commuting is done within 20miles. Usually the farthest I go is my grandparents house(oceanside).
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well all states have differnt tests but my written test was extreamly easy..just showed alot of digrams of intersections and asked about who had the right of way.

my skills test was a little harder...i kinda got triped up on the technicalites of turning on to a oneway street,
but for gods sake take the test in a automatic.....you have so many little details to worry about during the test that trying to focus on shifting would just make it that much harder.
I got my license ~1 year ago. I can't wait for summer so I can stop paying for gas. I have to drive now b/c I have to pick my sister up/ drop her off places and run errands and such for my family.

My test was a joke. There was a written test to get the permit, which was ridiculously easy. I never even saw, nor had the book that we're supposed to study from.

Then to get the provisional license (not supposed to be out between 12-5am, no more than 3 other people in the car- doesn't really mean anything) there was no written test. All I had to do was pass the driving test, which was really easy. It's such a joke to get a license here. In Europe driving is taken like a real responsibility.
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And I thought I was the only one (I'm 22). Both of my parents got new cars soon after I turned 16 so I KNEW I couldn't afford the insurance (and they traded in the car they said they would keep for me) so I never got my license. Now I would have to get my own car and don't want to have to pay for that. I'd rather have a new bike every year .
You're tellin me. In NYC, if I were to get insurance, it's around $4000/yr for me + $4200/yr lease + ~$2000/yr for gas + $1600/yr for parking. By not having a car, I get around 10 grand cash in my pocket. That's enough to put a down payment on a house in 5-6 years.
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You're tellin me. In NYC, if I were to get insurance, it's around $4000/yr for me + $4200/yr lease + ~$2000/yr for gas + $1600/yr for parking. By not having a car, I get around 10 grand cash in my pocket. That's enough to put a down payment on a house in 5-6 years.
Smart dude, I tip my hat to you slvoid!!
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I never studied for a drivers test and I not only have my drivers license but have a Commercial B license with a passenger endorsement. Driving is all about common sense. If you don't have any or much of that...then I recommend you stick to cycling.

(wow that was a mean post...I was trying to be humorous but failed and sounded like a jerk...ah well thems the breaks)
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I never studied for a drivers test and I not only have my drivers license but have a Commercial B license with a passenger endorsement. Driving is all about common sense. If you don't have any or much of that...then I recommend you stick to cycling.

(wow that was a mean post...I was trying to be humorous but failed and sounded like a jerk...ah well thems the breaks)
I wouldn't call it mean, direct maybe. But, your point is spot on, driving requires common sense.
Where I might disagree is with the point that if you don't have sufficient common sense for driving, you should stick with cycling. I would think that if a new driver operates a car like they cycle they would be better off. Things that you do on a bike in traffic like looking for cars before making turns, being aware of traffic around you, keeping a safe speed for the situation, signaling turns and not pulling out into oncoming traffic. Drive like you bike and enjoy both!
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i don't drive, but having a licence makes a lot of things easier. it's my primary form of ID and it comes in handy when i need to rent a car or truck.
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I, like Slovid, live in the big apple, but i do have a driver's liscence, with the motorcycle endorsement. I sold my truck about 2 years ago, and haven't really thought about getting another one. I should also point out i would never own and store a car here in the city, it's just silly. I sold my truck when i no longer had a place to store it in upstate NY. When i do need a car (this weekend for instance) i can rent one.

That being said: I love to drive. I get an insane amount of pleasure from cruising long distances on the highway. I once quit my job and lived in my truck for three months touring around the country. I still own a motorcycle that i store upstate, and ride every chance i get, which isn't very often. Thankfully the bike is paid for, i have free storage, and my insurance is only $73/yr. With gas, oil changes, and periodic maint. i spend less than $300/yr on the bike. It's a luxury, and nothing more at this point in my life.

I also realize if i ever move out of NYC (sooner rather than later i hope) i'm going to need something more than my bicycle. If forced i can get around on it year round, but in all honesty i'd rather not. Most likely i'd make due with the motorcycle and a cheapie econobox for my girlfriend. The motorcycle gets 60mpg+ if i keep it under 55, and i'd insist on a car that gets better than 30mpg.

In the end a driver's liscence is a nice thing to have, even if you don't use it much. Someday, you might just need it.
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I don't drive hardly at all, but I still have my drivers license. I am part of the I-Go carsharing network, so if I never really need to drive, I've got something available for short trips and such. A license is a good thing to have, but I don't want to drive if I don't have to.

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Hell I'm almost 23 and I didn't bother to get my license yet. It's probably the dumbest thing you can do to waste money in NYC.

My wife lived in Brooklyn and Manhatten most of her life and didnt start driving
until we moved out here in the styx of Amish Country. 42 years old before she knew
'what those pedals do and what the thing sticking out of the floor does" ha ha hahaha....
Even out here I drive only when I have to....I had a licence but it expired a long time
ago. No plans on getting it again for the small amount of time I spend in a carsophagus
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well i just got my divers licence today, for the last 2 years i have commuted to school and everywhere else by my bicycle. I guess its time to see how much i really love my bike, I admit its going to be hard to get up in the mournings and pedal my way through the cold when i could just push the gas pedal.
How long a swim is it to school??

Divers swim, drivers pilot vehicles on the roadways. I'd have let it go, but you typed "diver's" twice. You should at least be able to spell drive before you can....
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How long a swim is it to school??

Divers swim, drivers pilot vehicles on the roadways. I'd have let it go, but you typed "diver's" twice. You should at least be able to spell drive before you can....
ohh but i did get a divers licence, see theres this stream that runs right to the school parking lot.........

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I hope next week you can get your driver's licence so it's easier to go diving.
ohh now i get it! when you first posted it i was like wtf
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