As the chapter title exhorts, driving is discovered in surveys as a major source of stress and anxiety. Achieving a peaceful life I think entails driving on the roads as little as possible. I myself recent sold off my Audi A4, a really nice car, and gave the money to my parents and bought a $99.00 bicycle from Walmart. I have never been happier. I chose work that is close by and easily reached by a quick bus ride and/or a bicycle.
Consider this option as you can save yourself so much headache and money (who doesn’t see their hearts fall to the ground as you slow down in front of an ocean of traffic), and seeing the bicycle you passed by miles hour suddenly passing you). After car repairs and gas and unforeseen things like accidents and theft and car dents and tickets for speeding, and gasoline costs, you have saved yourself a terrific fortune every year.
The only reason now I can think of to buy another nice car is that girls won’t want to date you if you have no car. I doubt I can convince a girl to double seat on a bicycle (like when you were a teenager), while peddling frantically and sweating a river at the same time driving to the restaurant. And as I live in the suburbs, walking for 2 hours to the movie theater is out of the question insofar as dating is concerned. I admit I am fun and smart, but “I ain’t all that”. Other than that, I want to put my green footprint on the Earth and endeavor to use a pollution free bicycle of my transportation.
Plus, you can avoid certain groups of drivers that test your patience and faith if you don’t have to share the road with certain groups. God has gifted all people with all sorts of talents, but there are some groups that lack serious safe driving skills. There are many stereotypes out there, and I am loathe to subscribe to them, but experience points to the veracity of these stereotypes.
An old joke goes, “Why can’t women live without men?” Answer: “Women need someone who can parallel park a car” For reasons unknown, it seems women drive rather poorly, especially gasp…Asian females (I am Asian so I can poke fun at my own kind). I have taught a couple of Asian females how to drive, and I thought I was going to die right then and there. The last girl I taught, who goes to my church, (I am not exaggerating) blew through every stop sign and even red lights as if they were green. I asked her if she was color blind…
She would also hesitate for 10 seconds at stop signs, even if she had the right of way. We got honked at so much that I think I blew my eardrums.
Further studies suggest that people who buy hybrids like the Toyota Prius add to the dangers of being on the road by 75%. (the Car and Driver study postulated it is because the personality of those who choose those cars cause accidents because they drive so slow and merge onto highways at 34 miles per hour.) The other culprit is the dreaded Minivan driven by soccer moms.
All joking aside, I’ll make a dollar bet with you, next time you come up to a car that is holding up traffic doing 15 mph under the limit in the passing lane, take note of what they drive and who they are. I surmise that 9/10 times it’s one of the cars I listed above and most times a clueless looking Asian woman driving with a steely grip on the steering wheel, leaning forward with bulging eyes.
How’s THAT for a broad generalization!