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#3183196 - 11/09/13 06:06 PM Who really enjoys driving?
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 14512
Loc: OH
Most of us have to drive to work each weekday and most of us must also do so for shopping and errands.
Do you enjoy your driving?
I am blessed with a 25 mile each way commute that involves mostly uncongested two lane with plenty of passing opportunities should I wish to go fast.
I find the drives to and from work restful and enjoyable, as I do most driving.
I also enjoy the challenge of a nasty winter's drive, which we have here at least a couple of times each winter, sometimes for days at a time.
The only driving I really dislike is when I'm stuck in traffic just inching along, which is even less fun when I'm driving a stick.
Overall, though, I enjoy the driving I do.
One may as well, as much of it as most of us have to do.
How about you?
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#3183202 - 11/09/13 06:12 PM Re: Who really enjoys driving? [Re: fdcg27]
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Registered: 06/15/03
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Loc: ME
Absolutely. Every minute technical detail... like slowing from 50 to 25 a good distance behind a car that's turning, and having that car turn just in time that I don't have to decellerate further and can just nail it and resume speed. Same with timing traffic lights in my favor. Missing potholes gracefully. Entering a roundabout (not rotary) way over speed and cutting the apexes for an exit on the next right.

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#3183203 - 11/09/13 06:12 PM Re: Who really enjoys driving? [Re: fdcg27]
redhat Offline


Registered: 12/07/12
Posts: 1631
Loc: Buffalo Metro Area
I enjoy my drive every day. While not as long as yours, my daily drive is 20 miles one way. Some expressway, and a good amount of back roads. I really enjoy driving my '09 Accord 5-speed every day.

I also enjoy some winter weather. I get a kick out of the fact that I'll make it to work on time, but others who are a mile or two away will call in because of the weather conditions or are very late.
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#3183208 - 11/09/13 06:17 PM Re: Who really enjoys driving? [Re: fdcg27]
Charlie1935 Offline


Registered: 05/18/08
Posts: 628
Loc: DuQuoin, Illinois
Started driving in 1950. Have 4,000,000 miles in semis and a bunch in four wheelers and I still enjoy it most of the time.
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#3183209 - 11/09/13 06:18 PM Re: Who really enjoys driving? [Re: fdcg27]
mclasser Offline


Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 1980
Loc: The Northeast
I totally agree. The feeling of driving on a nice spring day with the windows down is unbeatable. drive I too enjoy the challenge of driving through tough weather now-and-again. Hearing the gears shift and the noise of your engine out on the open road is awesome. The relationship between man and his vehicle is truly a special one.
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#3183210 - 11/09/13 06:19 PM Re: Who really enjoys driving? [Re: fdcg27]
Reggaemon Offline


Registered: 02/19/07
Posts: 290
Loc: Pennsylvania
It depends on where I'm going.

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#3183216 - 11/09/13 06:29 PM Re: Who really enjoys driving? [Re: fdcg27]
artificialist Offline


Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 8440
Loc: Florida
I bought a car that was designed to make driving fun. Otherwise, I don't enjoy it that much.
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#3183217 - 11/09/13 06:29 PM Re: Who really enjoys driving? [Re: mclasser]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 14512
Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: mclasser
I totally agree. The feeling of driving on a nice spring day with the windows down is unbeatable. drive I too enjoy the challenge of driving through tough weather now-and-again. Hearing the gears shift and the noise of your engine out on the open road is awesome. The relationship between man and his vehicle is truly a special one.


I can beat that by dropping the top.
Shifting the gears yourself is also more fun.
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#3183223 - 11/09/13 06:36 PM Re: Who really enjoys driving? [Re: fdcg27]
Tdbo Offline


Registered: 08/18/09
Posts: 3079
Loc: Ohio
I don't really mind, although it is getting old fast.
I started with serious commuting to work in 1990 with a 103 mile round trip/daily for 3 years.
From 8/93-6/95, it went down to 92 miles round trip/daily.
From 8/95-6/97, it went down to 46 miles round trip/daily.
From 8/97 to present, it has been 130 miles round trip/daily.
Fortunately, I only have 14 more months of this before I can retire.
The Accord in my signature is my work car. All those miles have been put on since I put it in service new in December 2012.
It will be nice to cut the gas budget significantly.
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#3183225 - 11/09/13 06:37 PM Re: Who really enjoys driving? [Re: fdcg27]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 10997
Loc: NH
I used to. An hour each way to work is slowly sapping it. Plus as I get older I've found I drive more aggressively, especially when traffic starts to pile up on the highway.

I still kinda like it, I enjoy a nice long drive someplace where I haven't been; but especially as I head into winter hours it's the same inky blackness yet all the same morons...
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#3183232 - 11/09/13 06:41 PM Re: Who really enjoys driving? [Re: fdcg27]
Cujet Offline


Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 6390
Loc: Jupiter, Florida
I love to drive, especially sports cars on the right roads.
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#3183234 - 11/09/13 06:41 PM Re: Who really enjoys driving? [Re: eljefino]
asand1 Offline


Registered: 12/16/12
Posts: 1538
Loc: Oregon coast
Originally Posted By: fdcg27
Most of us have to drive to work each weekday and most of us must also do so for shopping and errands.
Do you enjoy your driving?
I am blessed with a 25 mile each way commute that involves mostly uncongested two lane with plenty of passing opportunities should I wish to go fast.
I find the drives to and from work restful and enjoyable, as I do most driving.
I also enjoy the challenge of a nasty winter's drive, which we have here at least a couple of times each winter, sometimes for days at a time.
The only driving I really dislike is when I'm stuck in traffic just inching along, which is even less fun when I'm driving a stick.
Overall, though, I enjoy the driving I do.
One may as well, as much of it as most of us have to do.
How about you?


Originally Posted By: eljefino
Absolutely. Every minute technical detail... like slowing from 50 to 25 a good distance behind a car that's turning, and having that car turn just in time that I don't have to decellerate further and can just nail it and resume speed. Same with timing traffic lights in my favor. Missing potholes gracefully. Entering a roundabout (not rotary) way over speed and cutting the apexes for an exit on the next right.


I make an an identical drive, and employ the same techniques. My DD is the maxima, 5 speed, 3L DOHC V6, 4 wheel discs and 235/45ZR17. I love driving, and I love driving my car.

If I had to drive a metro I would hate life.
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#3183236 - 11/09/13 06:42 PM Re: Who really enjoys driving? [Re: eljefino]
bourne Offline


Registered: 12/20/06
Posts: 1396
Loc: Eugene, OR
Originally Posted By: eljefino
Absolutely. Every minute technical detail... like slowing from 50 to 25 a good distance behind a car that's turning, and having that car turn just in time that I don't have to decellerate further and can just nail it and resume speed. Same with timing traffic lights in my favor. Missing potholes gracefully. Entering a roundabout (not rotary) way over speed and cutting the apexes for an exit on the next right.



+1
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#3183240 - 11/09/13 06:45 PM Re: Who really enjoys driving? [Re: fdcg27]
sciphi Offline


Registered: 03/24/07
Posts: 10008
Loc: Upstate NY
I still enjoy it when folks are nice, or when the road is clear. Dealing with other drivers being idiots gets annoying fast on my commute, though. I used to drive 100-150 miles a day on mostly 2-lane roads. That's changed to 50 miles a day on mostly 6-lane interstate. I like the gas savings, but not the increased number of yahoos I need to contend with.
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#3183245 - 11/09/13 06:48 PM Re: Who really enjoys driving? [Re: Tdbo]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 14512
Loc: OH
You do some serious commuting.
From the threads we both participated in last fall, I recall that you bought your Accord around the same time we bought ours, and you have more than twice the miles on yours.
Ours is now at 14.1K.
I can understand that you're getting tired of your daily drive.
The gas budget plus your time would be a real drag.
Good luck with your upcoming retirement.
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