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Re: Going Green
« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2008, 12:24:26 PM »

Not having a car or driver's license is not an option for me or any person where I live or in my line of work or in my brother's line of work or with my traveling desires.

Not having a license at all is ridiculous...especially for environmental reasons. When someone, in an emergency, needs a driver, people have made themselves useless by deciding they aren't even going to learn how to drive.

The reason I don't have a licence is not enviromental. It is due to the fact that I don't like driving and I have a tendency to daydream that is incompatible with operating heavy machinery :uglystupid2:. If I have to, I can just not legally.

And then if you get in an accident you could possibly ruin someone's life, even if the car in question is insured they won't pay for anything for uninsured driver so if anyone ever gets hurt they are completely screwed. Is paying the $45, and doing a three-point turn that hard?

Not to mention the fact that other states don't always recognize non-driver license IDs. A good example of this is a Massachusetts ID (the ones that say this is not a driver's license on them), are not acceptable in the state of New Hampshire
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Re: Going Green
« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2008, 02:18:59 PM »

Seriously. Learning to drive and getting a license is a very wise thing to do. You don't need to have a car, but having a license is crucial. If you can honestly say you have gone the last year without ever being in a car, you might have some room to debate.

An unlicensed party on a trip is a liability.
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Re: Going Green
« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2008, 06:27:01 PM »

And then if you get in an accident you could possibly ruin someone's life, even if the car in question is insured they won't pay for anything for uninsured driver so if anyone ever gets hurt they are completely screwed. Is paying the $45, and doing a three-point turn that hard?

I live in Australia and it costs a lot more than that to get a licence. You have to rack up 120 hours of driving time with a fully licenced driver while you are on your learner's permit and you have to have a certain number of driving lessons from a professional too.
I would never drive without a licence. A big part of the reason why I don't drive is the whole "you screw up, you kill someone" thing.  I have never done it out on the open road. I have only ever driven on private roads on farms (when my husband was trying to convince me that I would like driving if I tried it). So while I know how to operate a car, I never would. If there was an emergency I would call an ambulance - I have done this before and everyone survived.

Seriously. Learning to drive and getting a license is a very wise thing to do. You don't need to have a car, but having a license is crucial. If you can honestly say you have gone the last year without ever being in a car, you might have some room to debate.
An unlicensed party on a trip is a liability.
I have been in a car lots of times in the past year, and I agree going on long trips is made more difficult by my decision not to drive - but I can't see it changing anytime soon. I know that if I drove my life would be made that little bit easier (especially with two small children) - but as long as I don't feel comfortable and safe doing it I am prepared to live without it.
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Re: Going Green
« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2008, 07:47:31 PM »

Fair enough. I was probably dramatizing a bit too, but the points i made are things to think about. You screw up, you kill someone? True enough, but there are lots of responsibilities with such dire consequences. You have children. You already have one of the biggest life or death responsibilities a person can have. Driving is not that difficult if you are conscientious and practiced.
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