Those who didn't drive and now do...do you socialise more?
I don't drive, but should really, I've just been lazy plus am not very confident on the road. I am only on my learners but will hopefully be having some more practice driving soon. Anyway!
I often get invited to things but because they are a hassle to get to via buses/trains I won't end up going because it is just too difficult to get there and back. And I often want to go places like the mall but can't be arsed getting on the train and wish I could just drive down there - think I'd go much more often if I was driving.
Those of you who as adults have been non-drivers and have since started driving, I was just wondering if you venture out a lot more and to places you wouldn't have bothered to get out to otherwise? Thanks
Well I'm only seventeen so I only learnt when I could but it has given me so much freedom you wouldn't believe it- not just for socialising but it's easier for me to get to work and to get and about to do shopping etc.
YES! It also means I can visit friends for a cup of tea and still have a day left. Before it would have taken hours just because of getting there/back. I have so much more time now and its much easier. I do see more people x
Yes! I passed when I was 17 and it made such a difference. No more having to get buses, more freedom, easier to go to friends houses..
I can't imagine not having a licence with LO, but we live in the country with crap bus times so it's a lot different for us than those who live in towns etc. We go to baby groups, meet up with friends.. All of which I couldn't really do without my car (baby group is at 10, bus would get me in an hour before! And then I'd have to wait another hour for a bus home!)
Get your licence if you can, it will make a big difference
I definitely socialize more since driving when it comes to visiting friends and family. I do however see less of the people I used to bump into on foot! Shopping is definitely a lot easier, so much so that instead of doing one big shop, I can do small bits a few times a week.
Generally though I see more people on the whole and go to places that usually I would not bother with!
Since my son was born I use the car a bit less as when alone I was getting lazy and driving EVERYWHERE! With the pram I make more effort to walk especially as everyday we walk to 1 baby group each day to get out of the house. So lately I have being socializing equally on foot and in car, the best of both worlds thanks to my son
Thanks everyone for your answers, it's made me even more determined to get off my chuff and just do it!
Not to mention that I have to pick Lachlan up in the evenings and it's a 20 min walk home. It's not that I mind it so much, it's just that when the weather is crap I get really anxious and hate walking him home when it's peeing down (and he fights when I put the rain cover on the pram). That and he'll be too big to go in a buggy soon enough!
baby_mama - I know I'm going to gain so much weight with not walking places I already have since I moved in with OH (he drives and is going to take me out to get my confidence up). Oh well hopefully with not walking Lachlan home I will have the energy (and the time) to exercise when I get in
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