Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I don't own a car. My dad has one. My brothers, too. Me, I have no plans of buying or owning one. Which I think is a good idea because I'm way too paranoid to drive a car. But that doesn't mean I don't like cars. There are lots of cars I adore.
There's the mini Cooper, which initially caught my eye when I watched the movie "The Italian Job". And of course, there's the Volkswagen Beetle. I've seen the old Transformers cartoons wherein Bumblebee's still a yellow Volkswagen Beetle. The recent movies showed Bumblebee on its new Camaro design.. but I still prefer the yellow Bug.
I know how to drive. I've taken lessons. I used to drive our Nissan pickup truck around the uni with some friends. And at one time, I drove from Miagao going home to San Joaquin, which wasn't really a feat (since home's only 20 kilometers away from where I work). But never have I tried driving a car within the city. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to focus. When it comes to driving, I tend to think of dreadful things that could possibly happen. Paranoia. I know. It sucks.
The problem with drivers of public utility vehicles nowadays.. they drive fast. And I mean... FAST! I don't know why exactly. They drive their vehicles like they're in a race or something. Life is dangerous in the fast lane. People want to reach their destinations in one piece.. Why floor it?
My dad has the very same problem. Mom's always telling him to slow down whenever he's driving. One thing I've noticed.. Dad usually speeds up when a car's behind us, trying to overtake us. Every time, I resist the urge to shout "Let it pass, dad! Just let it pass!" Is it male ego? Mom feels the same way. She constantly reminds my Dad to slow down when he's on the wheel. Which is only reasonable.
A driver holds his passengers' lives on his hands. Literally. One little mistake, everyone can get hurt. I get annoyed when I see teenagers driving their cars like kings of the road. Owning a car and driving one is not all about fun. It's a responsibility.. to yourself, to your passengers and to the other drivers, as well.
That's why I don't drive. I don't think I can handle that much responsibility. I like to just sit on the backseat, take a nap, listen to music and enjoy the scenery outside the car window. Can't really do that when one's driving. So I don't drive. My head throbs almost everytime I sit behind the wheel.
Here in the Philippines, the downside to travelling as a commuter, riding on jeepneys and buses, are the crowd, the long lines, the heat and the traffic. But then, I'm living in the suburbs. No long lines, the heat is bearable.. there's rarely any traffic.. and not owning a car means I don't have to pay for gas. Though the fare is still fairly high, I prefer to ride than drive. It works for me. Less drama.