I never learnt how to drive. I am now in my twenties without a clue about gas or gears or anything car related. I have never watched a race or been in awe of a sports car. In fact, I don’t even know most car brands besides maybe VW and Ford.
I grew up with the idea that I would be environmentally considerate and always take public transport. I decided to spend money on expensive apartments near the train stations or tram lines, rather than splurge on my own vehicle.
The one time I did change my mind and decide to give driving a go, was when I was 17 years old. I decided to drive around a parking lot with my friend in her parents’ old red Toyota. I sat in the driver’s seat, stretched out my legs and slowly drove forward. I did this perfectly for about ten minutes; I could even turn slightly, and change lanes. Then I swerved a little too hard, and realised I was directly in line with a tree. I slammed on brakes, in the nick of time. Only problem, was that I had mistaken the accelerator for the brake, and had actually sped up my accident. Luckily nobody was hurt, but they car was destroyed and I spent the rest of my summer working at my friend’s parents’ cafe to pay it off.
Years later and I hadn’t even considered driving. That was until the other night- I went to see a film in the city with some friends. After, we had a few beers at the pub and stumbled to our tram stop, only to discover that the tram had been closed due to maintenance. It was around midnight. The last train was about to leave. We ran to the station and caught the only line we were even vaguely familiar with. I won’t ramble on, but let’s just say all of this confusion led to the worst of fights, being stranded in a dark and unfamiliar suburb waiting for a cab driver, and a rather costly lift home.
It was then that I realised, no matter how I try to avoid it, life is easier with your own car, (unless you have access to the Floo network, I guess) so I have finally started driving lessons and I am taking my tests in a few weeks. Wish me luck; I think I am going to need it.