Sunday, 13 September 2015

Not Having a Drivers Licence

I'm one of those few young adults in their twenties (it seems anyway) who doesn't have a full or restricted drivers licence yet. So, for the benefit of anyone else in the same boat or those wanting to extend a bit of sympathy for those of us who don't yet have a licence, I thought I'd write up some of the benefits and disadvantages of it (because yes, believe it or not, there are benefits to not having a car!)

Benefits

  • No car related costs - no having to pay for insurance, fuel, maintence etc.
  • You never have to pay for gym membership: after all you are biking and walking everywhere!
  • Time: you're forced to slow down and take a breather frequently be it by waiting for the bus, taking a long walk across town or whatever, and this gives you the opportunity to be planning ahead or having a good long prayer time. :)
  • Being able to spend lots of quality time with friends while getting excercise! It's great to have at least one other friend who doesn't have their licence who can walk with you everywhere, you get to know them so much better and have lovely long chats that you never seem to find time for any other way!
  • Never paying for parking or having to worry about moving your car! :D 
  • No worrying about doing something wrong by accident and getting caught by police or having a car accident that you are responsible for (unless you have a learners in which case this doesn't apply as you are worried about this all the time)!

Disadvantages

  • Having to explain to every second person the embarrassing fact that yes, you're in your twenties, and no you can't get to that place this time as you can't yet drive yourself anywhere, which is often met with a "wow, what century do you live in?" look.
  • Always feeling the expectation from others that at your age you will already have your licence and if not that you will get it very soon (being a history student I just try reminding myself that people have lived without drivers licences for hundreds of years).
  • Being reliant on your parents, friends and even workmates to get places. :(
  • Inconvienience: you can't just jump in a vehicle and go anywhere. If you're a female you can't go anywhere in the evening (such as Bible studies) without arranging things in advance. You can't go visit people out of town easily either.
  • Having to endure the reality that friends who are much younger than you have a lot more freedom and independence than you and are able to be adults more easily.
  • Bad weather can really mess with your plans, and often you have to cancel things just because the weather turned bad and you now can't get there without getting drenched.
  • Huge chunks of your day vanishing by you just trying to get places (a bus across town and back can end up taking about 40 minutes to an hour of your day).
  • Having lots of friend who'd like to take you somewhere and would be willing to if they could but who can't as they're on their restricted.
  • Being bound by timetables, or running late to things because "the bus was late" or even worse "I missed my bus".
  • Not being able to go to something you really want to go to simply because you can't get there without a car and don't want to bother anybody about it by asking for a ride.
  •  Public transport costs: I have the benefit of living in a place where buses are free for university students so this isn't an issue for me but in many other places this can become a real dilemma. 
  • Having a learners and always worrying that you will NEVER progress to anything more because all your friends picked up driving far faster than you and worrying that your licence will expire first and you will have to start at the beginning again.
Hope you found that somewhat humourous but with a lot of truth! I think I might try getting on with this as the disadvantages seem to be outweighing the benefits at this point in time! Please pray for me that I would continue to work at it and that I would get there (eventually)!

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