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[–] apoplectic 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Car ownership and learning to drive don't have to be paired. Around here, where there are neither bike paths nor public transportation, I can rent a small car for $20 a day plus tax, gas, and optional insurance.

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[–] Nurdoidz [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I am wholly grateful for the response! I've lived in areas with bike paths all my life that I never really considered the possibility of moving somewhere without paths to ride on.

The expenses that come with a car is something that's been holding me back from getting one. For now, I enjoy riding my bike, enjoy the energy boost it gives me each morning, and like the money I am saving, but I don't think it's wise to assume this type of lifestyle can last if I want to evolve my life. I think that's something I got out of all of you guys' responses.

As of now, I think I will shoot for learning to drive and getting my license, but hold off on a car until I absolutely need it. I'm not sure when that time will come, but hopefully I will be prepared for it.

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[–] PieEater25 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

From what you have written I would not say you need a car, if you are getting by well enough without one. I would say that learning to drive, though, is a valuable skill to have. You may run into the scenario where you are visiting a place that is not as friendly to bicycles and you have to rent a car, or you are on a long trip with a friend where you can pass off the wheel when one of you get tired. I am not saying to run out and get your license. I am just trying to say that being able to drive on the off-chance you need to may be something you want to consider.

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[–] Nurdoidz [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Understood. I wasn't really convinced that there's a point in learning how to drive while not actually having a car to keep the skill intact. Now, after further thought, I think learning is something I should do anyway. Thanks for the response!

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[–] Nurdoidz [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I would stay without a car as long as you're comfortable with it. It's tough to go back to public transportation once you've had the luxury and privacy of your own vehicle.

Sure. I'd say that I find a lot more enjoyment in cycling, but I agree that a car is better for other situations.


Absolutely get a drivers license though. It's a requirement for many jobs so that alone should be reason enough to at least get one.

I sure will now! It seems like a logical step to raise my value as a candidate for a job. I guess I just didn't care before and skipped some good opportunities that I could've taken.

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[–] shazbotabf 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Hey dude!

If you're in a place thats super cycle-friendly and you love biking, then I'd say obviously don't buy a car. You're getting where you need to go, burning calories and saving money. Awesome!

OTOH, driving is very valuable as a skill set, so I'd definitely recommend learning how. Maybe see if your car-driving buddy can take you to an empty parking lot to get the feel for it. I think if you're over 21, you can just walk into a DMV (in the US) and pick up a driving permit. If just learning with a friend isn't appealing, take a couple lessons. Driving schools are everywhere, and usually pretty reasonable priced. Most places will even let you borrow a car to take the driving test!

I can just think of emergency situations where you may need to drive someone elses car. What if you hop a ride to a party a few miles away, and the driver proceeds to get blackout drunk, and you need to drive his car back? It's just a thing I feel like most adults should know how to do, not to sleight your choices:).

Plus, driving is just super fun. It really is. I'll just go for a drive when there's nothing else to do. Basically, you should give it a shot. If you don't like it, screw it. If you do, neat! You have a new skill.

Plus a drivers license makes for a nifty photo ID :)

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[–] Nurdoidz [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I appreciate the response!


Maybe see if your car-driving buddy can take you to an empty parking lot to get the feel for it. I think if you're over 21, you can just walk into a DMV (in the US) and pick up a driving permit. If just learning with a friend isn't appealing, take a couple lessons. Driving schools are everywhere, and usually pretty reasonable priced. Most places will even let you borrow a car to take the driving test!

Well, I've had some experience when my father took me driving in his truck after I graduated high school. I believe I have some feel for it. I just barely have any experience driving the streets, since we didn't get that far (because of disinterest on my part). Would that warrant driving school? Or do I know enough to just go driving with a buddy and solidify the skill to get a license?


I can just think of emergency situations where you may need to drive someone elses car. What if you hop a ride to a party a few miles away, and the driver proceeds to get blackout drunk, and you need to drive his car back? It's just a thing I feel like most adults should know how to do, not to sleight your choices:).

These types of situations are what pushed me to start this discussion. What if I need to know how to drive? One of my concerns, though, is whether or not I will actually retain my training from before I got my license. Which is why I paired 'learning how to drive' with 'getting a car'. Perhaps there's a way to practice a few times here and there? I think so.


Basically, you should give it a shot. If you don't like it, screw it. If you do, neat! You have a new skill.

I think I will now! I don't think I'm going to get a car soon, but I'm pretty convinced to learn anyway. :-)

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[–] LizardBreathe 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I don't want to repeat other comments, but in my experience learn it. If you don't need it, fine, but learn.

My example, I learned at 16, but didn't get licensed until 18. Still took the bus everywhere until I could afford a car which opened up my job prospects. Now, OTOH, my brother who is in his late 30s, never bothered to learn and is terrified to even try. He has been stuck working at places that are within bussing distance and lost many opportunities since a car would be his only option for those new places.

I say learn and get licensed. In my home you just need to renew, not be reexamined, so it only costs an extra 10 dollars every couple of years.

Edit: afterthought, better to have and no need, than to need and not have - if sent on a business trip, which would your employer want.

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[–] Nurdoidz [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Your brother's example is something I feared some time ago. To be honest, I am a little nervous about trying to learn because it's something out of my comfort zone. It was part of the reason I became disinterested in furthering the learning with my father when he took me out driving. It's a little weird: I know I actually enjoy driving, but, for some reason, I'm still a little scared to go all the way and get the license.

But, you guys have convinced me to learn anyway. I'm not so sure about getting a car until later, but a drivers license seems like an easy decision as a boost in my skill set in case of emergencies and/or situations when I'm applying for better jobs.

I appreciate the response!

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[–] bourbonexpert 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Now. if you don't have a car, you are a second class citizen. sad truth. how are you gonna go on a date? take the bus? have her/him ride on the handle bars? also, the more driving experience, the better and safer driver you will become.

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[–] Nurdoidz [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Now. if you don't have a car, you are a second class citizen. sad truth. how are you gonna go on a date? take the bus? have her/him ride on the handle bars?

This isn't relevant in my situation.

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[–] bana 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I would definitely start now. You will have your driver's license when you need to (and you will probably need it at some point in the future). It will also help you save in your car insurance.