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Old 12-26-2018, 06:32 PM
 
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From your post it certainly sounds like the best decision for you. I am not saying give up your license, but your decision to stop driving sounds like a wise one.
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Old 12-26-2018, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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You don't need internet strangers to validate or justify your decision to not drive. Do what works for you.

No, but internet users with similar previous experiences may introduce him to factors that he has not considered.
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Old 12-26-2018, 07:23 PM
 
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Many people say they love driving, but is that really true?
yes.
When you ride with them, they often complain about how expensive their cars are, how lousy other people drive, what a pain their insurance company is, the price of gas, etc.
people complain about anything.
Do you like to drive?
yes.
do you just like the freedom driving gives you?
yes.
Is driving worth it you?
yes.
Would you stop driving if you had reliable alternatives?
yes.
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Old 12-26-2018, 08:21 PM
 
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In Manhattan, driving is by far a greater pain than transit, biking, walking, or taxis. In small town Arkansas, the reverse is true, especially when the weather is not nice.

But what is less clear is exactly where the cross-over point lies. Where I live now, it is sort of impractical to be carless, but not impossible (there are buses, and you can get a bus to the train station). Problem is that it takes three times as long to get anywhere by transit compared to driving. I'd say that on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is like an exurb or town in the midwest or South and 10 is Manhattan, I'd rate where I live now as being about a 4 or so. When I was in grad school, I lived in a more walkable area that I would rate at maybe a 6, especially with Uber and Zipcar.

Places with higher rankings (i.e. dense urban areas) make driving much less pleasurable (due to traffic and parking congestion), but also less necessary. In the end if you can afford your preferred transportation it roughly evens out.
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Old Yesterday, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Many people say they love driving, but is that really true?
yes.
When you ride with them, they often complain about how expensive their cars are, how lousy other people drive, what a pain their insurance company is, the price of gas, etc.
people complain about anything.
Do you like to drive?
yes.
do you just like the freedom driving gives you?
yes.
Is driving worth it you?
yes.
Would you stop driving if you had reliable alternatives?
yes.
Nope. Nothing allows me the freedom of movement at any time that my vehicle offers me. Nothing. I don't even want to live anywhere there is public transportation. I consider it a negative.
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Old Yesterday, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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OP's choice whether to continue driving or not. Me, I'd prefer driving myself. Nothing like the freedom to just get up and go when you want.
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Old Yesterday, 07:25 AM
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Location: in my car
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I love driving on an empty freeway. Zipping along, wind in my hair.
But add a lot of other drivers, and the whole experience goes downhill.
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Old Yesterday, 07:34 AM
 
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I know most of us will instinctively say, "Yes!" But I had a moment of clarity when I had a car wreck that was my fault a couple of days ago. I feel awful about it. I scared the other driver to death and my wife was in the car as well. No one was hurt, but I damaged the other lady's car and my vehicle is likely a total loss since I had liability only. I'm still young (early 40s,) but my wife doesn't want me driving anymore.

My first instinct was to say, "Hell no! No one will ever take my keys away!" But the more I thought about it, the better not driving sounded. Driving will be so expensive for me now. I completely deserve what I got but I don't think I can afford it after this.

I got a ticket, my insurance rates will be ridiculous, I have to pay the deductible to repair the young lady's car I damaged, and I will have to buy a new car after my old one was paid off.

I also have medical conditions that make driving more difficult than for other drivers. Ultimately we decided I would stop driving, which although it is a strange decision for a young 41 year old, it actually makes me happy. I want everyone to be safe, and my wife is happy to drive me around. If she can't, Uber can pick up the slack

Besides, I always hated driving. It made me nervous and frustrated and not being able to predict the actions of other drivers made me anxious. So I tried to keep it to a minimum. I don't have a regular job so I sometimes didn't drive for a week or more anyway.

Many people say they love driving, but is that really true? When you ride with them, they often complain about how expensive their cars are, how lousy other people drive, what a pain their insurance company is, the price of gas, etc. . . Do you like to drive? Or do you just like the freedom driving gives you? Is driving worth it you? Would you stop driving if you had reliable alternatives?
Emphatically yes.

I can't even completely explain it. However, I am very comfortable behind the wheel of an automobile. I have 160,000 miles on my 2013 Ford Explorer that I purchased new. I have driven in about eight foreign countries as well as the USA.

My insurance company is not a pain because (1) I pay to have good insurance; (2) My occupation (attorney) guarantees they will pay me appropriately when they owe the money.

Living in a western state with a small population (when I began driving) was truly one of the best experiences a person could have. Until you have driven a car to the rim of the Grand Canyon, you don't fully appreciate living in this country.

I'm fifty-nine and one of my fears in life is the day that I get to be too old to safely drive. Owning and driving an automobile gave me independence, mobility, and even assisted me in my ability to earn a living. Putting the keys down for the last time will be an extremely sad day for me.

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Old Yesterday, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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For you, it makes sense to stop driving. Personally, I love driving. I enjoy cars and sometimes even like working on them. I like the freedom having my own car gives me and uber is not workable for me. For one I am impulsive and prone to spontaneous decisions (like let's drive 400 miles to play in some snow today). I never know when i wil actually leave someplace as sometimes I "leave" several times and then decide to do one more task, or talk to someone a bit longer or whatever. For work and sometimes for fun I am often in remote areas where you are not going to find an Uber driver, sometimes where there is no cell service. Also I often take long trips both for work and for fun. try taking Uber for a 300 mile trips and see what it costs you.

I do not complain often about the costs of cars, maintenance or insurance. I do not know how much our insurance is anymore. I know it is pretty cheap since we switched to MEEMIC. I do a lot of maintenance myself. We generally buy used cars. I am amazed at what new cars cost today. Most seem to cost more than a decent house in some locations.
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Old Yesterday, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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I’m from the motor city been driving since 1970 and I love it, i think today’s young drivers are just not into vehicles these days they are wrapped up in video games and their other electronics and are afraid to leave their surroundings because it feel safe. Hell i couldn’t wait till i was 16 to get my drivers license. But that ment getting a job to pay for gas and insurance unlike today’s kids who want to live with their parents until they kick them out lol. I know i did it to my kids 18 years old and out the door.
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