I didn't really mind it when I could drive, but I don't really miss it now that I can't.
I no longer have interest in driving fast cars since I now barely drive the speed limit, and when I do get the urge to go fast, it's on my bike and which I still cannot attain the speed limit designated for many of our local roads. I plan to keep my car since spur of the moment decisions, travel time and distance to some destinations that are still my biggest concerns.
The constant remarks I overhear about "going the limit" and such make it pretty apparent that the posted 'limit' is regarded as the slowest someone is supposed to go.
Then again, the penalty for speeding is basically nothing more than an extra tank of gas worth of dollars and that's about it, so why bother driving below the limit when the penalty is all but non-existent.
If by driving you mean rush hour, bumper to bumper, red light every few blocks, no AC on a hot summer day. Nope, I don't like that.
If you mean driving down a country road exploring, going new places. Love it.
The secret to driving in heavy traffic is learning to relax. Take it easy. You'll get there. The only times I start getting stressed is when it sounds like my junker is going to die right in the middle of a busy intersection. Even then people are usually pretty cool. Most of the time someone comes over and helps you push it off the road. I try to reciprocate when possible.
I love driving... i have a 2012 Ford Flex and it drives and rides beautifully...I rode 4 hours 1 way yesterday to Martinsville VA to the Nascar Race... The smell of that race fuel i tell you is like a fine perfume...
I used to, but don't anymore. I drove 1, 500 miles in the last 6 months, and most of it was to work and back when I wasn't able to ride. And most of that was in stop and go traffic, something most people find annoying. I still like my car though.
I don't care for driving, but I like riding motorcycles. Only on empty back roads, the same places I ride my bicycle. The only way I'm really calm in traffic is if I'm in a bus. Or walking, I guess.
It's really interesting reading through peoples responses, I had no idea people disliked driving/being in cars so much! I especially like driving up the mountain, sitting in my car with my now fiance, and watching lighting fall around our city. Take a warm snack or some hot-cocoa with you to and you're set, I love it.
BTW: I will end up selling my current junker to a salvage yard. It has a cracked head I'm not going to fix. But I'll buy another. Stress? No more than other things.
Long distance driving with no spare driver = reason to hate driving.
Driving within the city limits, for short distances is easier and makes you think driving can be useful sometimes. Also countries like Turkey, have no protective laws over cyclists. So, you have to choose driving on some occasions, even if you are keen on cycling. Sad but true.
I dislike driving, because it feels so stupid. There is a wonderful quote from the cult movie Repo Man: "The more you drive, the less intelligent you are."
However, I love driving to our country home. I even love driving back. These trips are pretty much the only exceptions for me.
Take the scenic route up to SF?? In a rented Mini Cooper convertible?? Sure!
But for that you would need money....and something to do and friends to do it with....
Yes I do hate being inside of a cage and i have the irrational fear of dying mangled in one of them....
It's city driving that I hate the most. I lived in the Houston area most of my life before moving to Taiwan 4 1/2 years ago. Houston traffic is terrible, but at least I never had to use the freeways to get to work. Taiwan is extremely densely populated with an ever increasing number of cars on the road but no road expansion.
I also really dislike long distance car travel. I just want to be there and get it over with.
Even with the crowded Houston and Taiwan streets, when I'm on my bicycle I just ride along and don't worry about cars and scooters or other bicycle riders hurrying along to get there NOW. And I find myself getting to my destination only slightly slower than by motor vehicle and not stressed out by traffic.
Here's a real fun tidbit from your southerly neighbor state: A few years ago, the speed limit was raised by 5 MPH on the Ohio Turnpike (and I think a few other toll roads). After a few years of data came in, it was determined that AVERAGE speeds went down, crashes went up a bit and fatal crashes went up even more. Absolutely NOTHING of any benefit was gained by raising the limit. Then a few months ago, the dumbasses in office for the state decided it'd be a fantastic idea to do the same with all of the interstates (outside of metro areas)...
Yeah. Awesome. Sadly, most of the idiots behind the wheel agree with the idiots in office and applaud the 'faster' speeds (even though the average speed will likely go down thanks to induced traffic and extra collisions). But hey, everyone can go 'faster' now, so that's a plus!