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The best and worst things about driving

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Jim Knight

February 21, 2018

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Hey, Drivers, it’s Jim!

So when I think back to a couple of years ago I often think of what it was like before I could drive. That made me ponder about what the best and worst things are about being able to drive. Below I have put together my thoughts in a fun little list. Let me know what you think and if you have any other best and worst things about being able to drive, make sure you share them!

Best things about driving

No more public transport

Remember the days of smelly, stuffy buses, and trains where the doors close far too quickly and make you miss your stop! Has this happened to anyone else? No? Ok, must just be me! Anyway, having the ability to drive and thus free to travel at your own accord is an amazing feeling – and no more waiting in the cold at those horrible bus stops!

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Road trips

Get your mates together – we’re going on an adventure! Whether it be the middle of summer and you’re lucky enough to have a convertible with the roof down, or snuggling up warm under various layers in the winter, there’s always time for an exciting adventure with friends in the car! In the summer one of my favourite things to do is go to festivals! (Board masters are one of my favourites as it’s right on the beach and always has amazing music!) Being able to drive to festivals with your mates in a car is not only exciting, it’s also much more practical! You can never take enough in your suitcase to be prepared for a festival and trying to stuff everything into a bag which you’re going to be carrying on a train is no fun whatsoever! I swear one year my bag must have weighed over 5 tonnes! Also – the food and drink trip round Tesco the night before is always fun!

No restrictions

Have you ever had to leave that film at the cinema 10 minutes before the end just because your last bus home is about to leave? Well having a car eliminates all of these hindrances as you can drive where you want whenever you want! Fancy a late night drive-thru from Maccy D’s? (Or if you’re me and my friends, a late night Starbucks from the services a few miles up the road!) Well when you can drive there’s nothing stopping you (within reason of course and as long as your parents don’t give you a curfew of 8 pm or anything like that!)

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All of these amazing things you can do once you are able to drive can be amazing, however, they don’t come without their cons – of which I have listed below!

Worst things about driving

Are you now a taxi driver?

Why is it all of a sudden you’ve passed your test and all your friends want driving around everywhere! At first, you think this is great, but after a while, you start to realise what’s actually happening… you’re a glorified taxi rank. The worst part about it is that it’s completely unacceptable for you to charge your friends the ridiculous prices that most taxi drivers have a going rate nowadays! This also leads me on to my next point…

Petrol prices!

With all these mates you’re driving around, you’ll soon notice your petrol evaporating at a rate faster than how long it took you to watch Stranger Things – not long at all! I remember the days of when petrol was under a pound per litre! Unfortunately, I wasn’t driving back then in the Stone Age, because since I passed my test I’m pretty sure petrol prices have been closer to £20 per litre!

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Inconsiderate drivers!

Unfortunately, not everyone on our roads is as sensible a driver as you. In my short time driving, I’ve come across my fair share of individuals who would be better suited to Arkham Asylum than the British roadways! Remember that thing you were taught in your driving lessons – don’t undertake people on motorways or dual carriageways, yeah? Well, it seems to me that point clearly wasn’t on the driving curriculum a few years back! Either that or people just seem to think that it doesn’t apply to them 6 months after passing their test. Also, those individuals behind steering wheels that think their journey to work in the morning is suddenly the equivalent of the Rockingham racetrack… It’s a 30 for a reason! If you see any drivers suddenly in this trance-like state of racecar driver – stay back, take it easy and wait a few minutes until they’re well out of your way.

And that’s it for now! My best and worst things about being able to drive! Let me know what you thought of this blog post and if you’d like a part 2 or anything similar in the future! Until next time, avoid reckless drivers on the roads and drive safely, whilst enjoying yourself of course!

Jim

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'Over the last 3 and a half years I have been making vlogs on my YouTube channel where I get up to all sorts of things. One of my biggest achievements over those years was passing my driving test!'  See more posts by Jim

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