In fact, why do people enjoy driving? Every day millions if not billions of people enter a mechanical contraption, enter a huge grid of roads in order to get from point A to point B.
In that process, you have various laws to obey, you have to multi-task all the time and be very alert to avoid causing problems for yourself and for others.
Well, this article will try and present driving as something else, much better and not as gloomy as this introduction.
Driving, as a skill has become an inseparable part of our modern civilization and technical progress so here are a couple of good reasons why that is so.
1. FREEDOM OF TRANSPORTATION
This is by far, at least in my humble opinion, the first and most common answer to why do people enjoy driving.
What options do you have if you don’t drive a car? The main ones would be public transportation, using a bicycle for instance or walking.
Every person who might be reading this and has used public transport (or non at all for that matter) will understand what I mean.
To be clear, I admire and see the public transportation system as a modern marvel. But let’s be honest, there are some limitations.
The main one would be a timetable. You have a schedule that you have to follow, you have to be at the bus or train station at that precise time. Sometimes you have to arrive earlier to be sure you won’t be late. If you’re using a combination of various transports like a train and bus it’s even worse as it demands, in most cases, some serious planning
All of this means that your not the commander of you’re time and time is the most valuable resource, you’ll agree.
Simply, you have to plan everything according to some other schedule, not your own.
Regarding bicycles and walking, I will certainly highlight the health benefits and encourage people to do this. But, honestly, if you have a long commute to work, for instance, it’s inconvenient most of the time.
You have to start much earlier, you highly depend on the weather forecast and on a good infrastructure for this kind of transportation.
Again, some serious limitations if the conditions aren’t just right.
This goes double if you live in a remote place, dozens of miles away from your everyday destination.
Most people take the comfort of sitting in a car whenever they want, driving where ever they want, and stopping wherever they want for granted.
All people like a space of their own, a workspace, a home and it’s no different with transportation. It’s sort of a territorial thing I guess.
Again, I must mention public transport as a good example. If you’ve used it excessively, you’ll understand this aspect very well.
Crowds of people, poor ventilation, all kind of people (with all kinds of hygiene), cramped spaces, and else are just some of the limiting factors.
All of this often makes a very unpleasant atmosphere for transportation. I think this is one of the main reasons why people enjoy driving instead.
As opposed to this, you can sit into a comfortable seat, turn on the air conditioner (or any other commodity), put some music on, and enjoy the first-class trip.
If that isn’t comfortable, I don’t know what is, even to this day.
3. LONG-DISTANCE TRAVELLING
Being able to cover long distances in a relatively short time is one of the huge benefits of driving.
Before driving was widespread, people were seriously limited by their location. Long-distance traveling took some serious time, money, and resources.
Sometimes it wasn’t possible at all.
But with cars and driving, the possibility of covering hundreds of miles in a single day appeared. This was and still is a huge accomplishment.
The useful aspects of this are numerous. Among the most important is the ability to see new things, see new places, and meet new people.
Besides this, there is also a commercial value to it.
So, if you’re a fan of long-distance traveling on roads, the experience is not complete if you haven’t driven yourself.
Simply, the experience of long-distance driving is irreplaceable by any other. Especially if the roads are good and without serious congestion.
For one thing, it’s the early mornings. Then you have the sunrises, the sunsets, and various beautiful landscapes that you certainly wouldn’t see if you took a plane for instance.
Then you have that feeling of cruising down a new road, through a new town, looking at new mountains forests, and else. It is an exciting experience for most people.
An added extra is that you can stop wherever you want, take a picture and perhaps make a life-long memory.
Also, thanks to the ability of driving, you can plan your trip meticulously down to every stop you’ll make.
Two things come together here, the joy of driving and being the master of your ship.
4. SENSE OF FULFILLMENT
I must mention this part when talking about why do people enjoy driving.
Let’s be honest, most of us like to accomplish things in life. Driving is one of the more complicated accomplishments.
Although learning how to drive has become more or less a standard, learning and mastering it is a skill is demanding. Have no doubt about it.
It’s in line with learning a less complicated martial art, a craft of some sort or else.
When people start to learn driving seldom are they aware of what they are embarking on. Both the good and bad sides.
But the moment you sit behind that wheel, start driving yourself around and start achieving things thanks to that, you feel like a million bucks.
This is why it’s very important to first get rid of the fear of driving if you have any. We’ve written a separate article on this topic, if you want to read it, click here.
You can also watch our Youtube video on this topic by clicking here.
5. HAVING A GOOD TIME
The last and perhaps most important reason why do people enjoy driving is the sheer fun of it.
I guess it’s a combination of various things that we’ve already mentioned. Freedom, comfort, the ability to be the master of your situation, cover great distances and enjoy it at the same time…..
Whatever the reason may be, the truth is that the moment you are behind that wheel, when the engine starts humming and you get on the open road, there’s no feeling like it.
Combined with this, some good music and perhaps good company will make your trip into a memory that you’ll probably remember for decades to come.
Yes, driving is responsible and demands vigilance and caution. But after mastering the craft, it also becomes a joyful experience and something that grows on you.
So, is there a simple answer to why people enjoy driving? Perhaps not.
It’s a combination of practicality and emotion understandable only to people who adore driving.
Without it, and this may seem like an overstatement, the life experience is simply not complete.
To testify to this, even after hundreds of thousands of miles driven over all sorts of roads and being in all sorts of situations, I still love to drive.
If I had a bad day at work, for instance, I use the drive back home as an excellent remedy. I shift down a gear, drive a bit slower, listen to some good music and let the joy of driving do its magic.
Works like a charm every time.
In the end, I wish you clear roads, safe driving, and please don’t look at driving as a necessity but rather as an advantage and a privilege.
Written by: Sibin Spasojevic
Former car technician, life-long car and DIY enthusiast, author for Despairrepair.com