I was talking to a friend of mine about her teenaged son the other day. He has no interest in getting his driver’s license. This is baffling. When I was a kid, back when we drove Fred Flintstone cars, people couldn’t wait to be free of the restraints of parental driving. Sure, it wasn’t cheap, but I don’t remember anyone who at least didn’t WANT their license.
How are you supposed to go on a date if you don’t have the ability to drive a car? Are you going to make out on the bus?
Then I saw this article on Yahoo that said this “Meh” attitude about driving is prevalent in today’s youth. Today’s youth apparently don’t get it.
I don’t like driving at all, mostly because I’m always alone when I do it, but I do like the freedom. I can go wherever I want, when ever I want. I don’t have to wait for public transportation and be subjected to the various smells and noises that accompany it.
I can flee from danger whenever I want because I know how to drive. Also, driving can be kind of fun. Have you ever been flying down a country road? The scenery whizzing by, gravity pulling you into a curve, there’s something electric about it.
Also, driver’s ed was part of the curriculum. For one quarter, everyone whose birthdays were near each other would sit in a darkened cubicle and learn driving safety from some random P.E. teacher. Another P.E. teacher took us out in specially designed cars to give us some real world experience. That’s how I learned to curb my wheels. It was probably the most useful thing I learned in high school.
Of course, budget cuts have eliminated driver’s ed from California high schools. Sad. I think that’s why we have such shitty drivers now. The kids aren’t learning the rules of the road. They are just winging it enough to pass the damn test.