Does anyone in your family never learned how to drive a car?

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#1  Edited By Master_Live
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The other day I was driving my aunt to her house after work and I kept thinking about how I have two aunts that never learned how to drive a car (I didn't mind driving my aunt to her house since it was a one time thing).

For 1 of my aunts (on my mother's side) it makes some sense. She is the oldest and her father (my grandpa on my mother's side) was very conservative so I guess it would make sense to him to frown upon a "lady" driving a car. But my mother, who is the youngest among her brothers and sisters, did learned how to drive. I wonder if she didn't learned before she left to live outside of her parent's home and maybe my father thought her how to drive (don't know if I should ask that lol). Of note is that my mother's mother didn't drive either and was pretty much a "traditional, stay at home person" (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Yet my other aunt (on my father's side) came from a family in which my grandmother knows how drive and I don't feel like my grandpa would have objected to it (relatively less conservative when compared to my other grandpa).

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So anyways, always found that interesting and I'm curious if you ever had that dynamic in your family and how do you handle it?

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#2 TJDMHEM
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my sister drives.

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#3  Edited By gootall
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I am 28 and I don't have a licence since my job is transit accessible and the area I live in is transit accessible but I am working towards one.

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#4 Master_Live
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@TJDMHEM said:

my sister drives.

Oh, that's interesting. If you don't mind me asking, for you, was it simply a matter of not being interested?

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#5 TJDMHEM
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@Master_Live: i'm just not ready yet.

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#6 Speeny
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I've been on my learner's permit since the day I got it when I was 19. (I'm 22 now.)

Why haven't I gotten my license? Because I live right near a train station that allows me to commute easily enough. I've gotten driving lessons before and logged in a decent amount of hours, but driving makes me incredibly anxious. It's never been a major issue me not being able to drive. But that's just me though.

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#7 MirkoS77
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Everyone should know how to drive, it’s kind of a necessary skill nowadays.

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#8 npiet1
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I never learn how, my dad did but stopped when I was like 5 (long story). My mother never did as she has a fear of it. So I learned to travel without one.

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#9 mrbojangles25
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Seems like every American knows how to drive, so yes, I do. Been driving since I was 16 or whenever you can get a permit in California. We are a commuter culture here.

I hear a lot of New Yorkers don't really bother with it, however.

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I have a few friends who either didn't learn how to drive or got a learners but didn't progress past that.

I got a license when I was 16 ( as soon as I was able) and have made a lot of use of it. I can't think of anyone in my extended family that never learned how to drive

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#11 johnd13
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My dad and brother drive. I took my license one and a half year ago but haven't driven at all since then. Commuting to work is pretty easy. My mum learned how to drive and got her license at a young age but hasn't driven for decades.

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#12 warmblur
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I hate driving and always will to many morons on the road not paying attention I can't wait for self driving cars.

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I don't like cars.

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#14 Horgen  Moderator
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@MirkoS77 said:

Everyone should know how to drive, it’s kind of a necessary skill nowadays.

Depends on where you live. In many European cities, there are other options, and getting the license might both be expensive and time consuming.

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My family lives/lived in a rural area so we all had to learn to drive. No fancy big-city modes of public transportation for us.

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My grandmother never learned how to drive a car. She never needed to as she married my grandfather out of high school.

Now she is in her mid-90's. If they make it another few years we might be celebrating their 80th anniversary.

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#17 omegaMaster
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Everyone in my family drives

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#18 MirkoS77
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@horgen said:
@MirkoS77 said:

Everyone should know how to drive, it’s kind of a necessary skill nowadays.

Depends on where you live. In many European cities, there are other options, and getting the license might both be expensive and time consuming.

If you're never going to leave where you live to travel around the world and see places that would work, sure.

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#19 Horgen  Moderator
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@MirkoS77: It might lead to people getting the license later. I think minimum cost for the license in my country is above 2000 $ these days. If you have to pay for it yourself, I can see why people have to wait until they got a stable job after a possible higher education.

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#20 MirkoS77
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@horgen said:

@MirkoS77: It might lead to people getting the license later. I think minimum cost for the license in my country is above 2000 $ these days. If you have to pay for it yourself, I can see why people have to wait until they got a stable job after a possible higher education.

$2,000? You're in Sweden or Norway IIRC?

I wasn't aware of the cost, and in that light I'm inclined to agree. Still, I think it's something that always comes in handy no matter where you are.

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#21 respawned1
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@MirkoS77: Absolutely, Everyone should know swimming, driving and basic self-defence.

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#22 comp_atkins
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i have 2 aunts and a grandmother that never learned.

my grandmother i get. she lived in a city for the majority of her life and was fine getting by walking or taking public transportation and having others drive her when needed.

my aunts though, i don't understand. live in suburbs and are dependent on others to drive them.

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#23  Edited By jaydan
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I drive and so does everyone in my family.

I can't imagine not having a car.

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#24 Horgen  Moderator
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@MirkoS77 said:

$2,000? You're in Sweden or Norway IIRC?

I wasn't aware of the cost, and in that light I'm inclined to agree. Still, I think it's something that always comes in handy no matter where you are.

Sure is handy, but expensive. 18 year olds here doesn't have that kind of money, at least not when you factor in other costs associated with finishing high school (look up Russ or Russetiden if you're interested) so it is up to parents to foot the bill.

There are other reasons for taking it later as well. Cars are generally expensive here, and students normally don't have the money to keep one. They will rather spend their money get drunk and eat out. So you quickly go 3-5 years with only driving maybe 10 times in total. Not having a lot of driving experience to begin with, then having some years with barely any driving leads to drivers being both very inexperienced and high chance of forgetting some of the traffic laws before they get behind the wheels on a regular basis again.

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#25 shellcase86
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@gootall said:

I am 28 and I don't have a licence since my job is transit accessible and the area I live in is transit accessible but I am working towards one.

That's a key factor for many. If you live somewhere that has reliable and various public transit options, the need to learn to drive is reduced. I'm in FL-US, where driving is a necessity.

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Some people that live near good public transportation just prefer not to drive. Saves them money that's for sure. That said my siblings all drive and some of their children. Have some that have no interest in learning though. I actually can't imagine not driving. Car equals freedom.

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I run to work everyday to stop global warming. Cars are for evil people.