|crazythinker00 (crazythinker00) wrote,|
@ 2013-12-17 22:20:00
My experience with driving
When I was a teenager, I received my drivers' license (before graduating high school). At the same time, I was pretty resistant to the thought of regularly driving a car. This was for several reasons:
* I grew up in an area where public transportation is readily available, and as such, did not appreciate the need or practicality in having a car
* I could bike within 5-10 miles of where I needed to be, for the most part
* I didn't care for the idea of waiting in traffic (or for that matter, getting into an accident)
* I was afraid it would be too costly for me, should the day come for me to actually own one
This mindset did not change in undergrad or grad school days, as I still found the idea of driving to be too daunting and not necessary for my lifestyle at the time. Even so, I got to practice my driving on Highway 17, a 26-mile stretch of winding roads between San Jose and Santa Cruz. I always did this with one of my parents in the passenger seat. This helped to reduce my resistance to the idea of driving cars and be less scared of doing so.
After grad school (which culminated in only a Masters' degree), I moved back home. While I still did not need a car to get around (in fact, I often carpooled with my father to and from work, as we worked very close to one another while I worked at UC Berkeley), I found myself driving every so often. This was because I drove my father to his medical appointments. Also, I once in awhile drove to meet up with friends in another part of the Bay Area. Once I started working with Accenture (in November 2007), I found myself driving much more often than before. I came to appreciate how handy driving became, especially in the interest of time.
Fast forward six years later, and here I am, still a regular driver. I can even say that I have driven a significant portion of two separate road trips: one from California to Utah, and another from Illinois to California.
I am thankful to state that I have maintained a fairly clean driving record. I am not trying to brag; in fact, I have gotten extremely lucky. One time, I unintentionally rear-ended a lady's van at a stop sign, but she was very nice about it and insurance helped with the damage payments. Another time, I was speeding and got caught, but was only given a 'fix-it' ticket (the cop noticed that he had pulled me over on my birthday).
Given that I have been living in the San Jose area for the past four years, I have come to appreciate having a car more than ever. While I have occasionally taken public transportation in this area, I realize that the frequency of service is usually not suited to my schedule. I have had to spend a decent amount for car repairs, and have had my car breakdown at times, but my mindset on driving has shifted significantly from what it was when I first started driving. I have stopped fearing the thought of driving and look forward to more adventures ahead.