To some it seems like an unnecessary expense, especially for those in their teens or early twenties who can usually find much better things to spend their money on. Learning to drive, however, can open all sorts of new opportunities and expand your horizons in ways you may not have thought of.
Not only are many employers nowadays looking for someone with a clean driving licence, the opportunity to just get in the car and ‘go’ is one of the most liberating experiences you can have. Of course, you may be able to do all that by cadging a lift off friends or parents, but it’s so much easier to grab your keys and start up the motor if you know how to drive and own a car.
- You can’t get to places quickly
So you want to go into town but it’s raining and you have to walk down the street, wait for the bus, then when you get there and want to come back, you have to stand at the bus stop and wait again. Not only that, the bus is often crowded and you can’t find a seat. So you’ve wasted about an hour or more of your life which could have been spent doing more exciting things. If you had your own car how easy would a trip to the shops be?
- You can’t be truly independent
As we get into our teens and enter adulthood for real, our lives start to become more independent. We can choose to go on holiday, lie in on a Sunday morning, go play sport, find a job and a host of other things because we’re in charge. But if you want to be truly independent, where you can just scoot off at the drop of a hat, then learning to drive is about as self-sufficient as it gets.
- You can’t drive to that festival with your friends
You do most of the exciting things in your life when you are in your teens and early twenties, before you finally decide to settle down and when everything new is just there to be discovered. That can mean driving to a music festival, heading out to the cinema, going for a meal or dropping down to the coast for the day. When there’s so much to fit in, having a car makes things so much easier. Do you want to be in the back seat, dependent on others, or blazing your own trail in your own car?
- You can’t take your boyfriend/girlfriend for a drive in the country
If you and your latest beau want quality private time, then there’s nothing simpler than jumping in the car and heading out to the country or into town. Saying you’ll meet each other down the bus stop or at the train station simply doesn’t work for too long.
- You can’t go on a road trip
Want to head off for a couple of days? Maybe your idea of fun is a road trip across distant lands. You can’t have a road trip if you aren’t able to drive. Think of all the fun you are missing out on by not having a licence.
- And you can’t get all that shopping in
Cars come with plenty of room. If you are moving into a flat and living on your own for the first time, a trip down to the store for supplies and home comforts is made easier because you just throw everything into the boot.
Okay, so you may have a friend who has a car and can help out. That’s fine. But wouldn’t it be so much better if you didn’t have to depend on others, grab your keys and drive to where you want to go when you want to? Learning to drive is probably the most important skill you will develop over your lifetime. Now could be a good time to start.