QOTD: Missing the Drive?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Come Sunday, I am blowing this pop stand for an overseas vacation. I'm skipping across the pond with one of my parents on a family journey -- though thanks to the magic of advance scheduling, you may still see my byline here and there while I'm out.

I've seen the itinerary, and it looks like I won't be driving a car from the moment I return a press car today until I am back.

That's fine -- but it got me pondering something.

Here's the thing -- I love driving. Not commuting, that's miserable. No one wants to sit in stop-and-go traffic. But when the car is moving, even if it's just a routine run to the grocery store, I am usually a happy fellow. I don't like to go long without driving.

I remember a vacation with a friend's family during my teenage years. I hadn't had my license long -- I think less than a year -- and while the trip was a blast I found myself missing being behind the wheel. I didn't really miss home -- again, the trip was fun and I was with some of my best friends -- but I did miss driving. Odd, huh?

At the time I thought maybe it was just because I was still basking in the newfound freedom of being a licensed driver. Why else would one daydream of getting back behind the wheel of a Ford Bronco II?

But nearly 30 years on, I still miss driving when I don't do it for a bit.

To be clear, I don't drive every day, even though we review cars around here -- I work from home and some days I don't have to go anywhere. Sometimes, the weather is so crappy I wouldn't drive unless it was absolutely necessary. And there are times I travel and don't drive for a few days. During the New York Auto Show, for example. Or like my last two vacations last year -- on one trip, I didn't drive at all, on the other I drove our group to and from Miami to Key West but didn't touch the rental car for the days in between flights.

And yes, some days I don't have a press loaner. I live in a big city, so I have other ways to get around, but it does happen.

I am not sure how long I have to go without before I start missing the actions of driving, but it's probably around a week.

That's far more rambling about myself than I intended when I opened the draft. I want to know about YOU. Do you miss driving when you go a few days without it? Or do you not care? Heck, would you rather we get Level 5 autonomy and you never have to drive again?

Sound off below.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • ToolGuy A 'true' Volvo (pre Ford Motor Company). I would buy this and drive it for 3 years until I can get one of them 'Chinese' EV things. But I'm offering $1,850 against your $3,700 because you couldn't be bothered to pull it outside for pictures. 😉 And I will stick close to home with this one -- no road trips.In related news (Relevant and Connected!!): My new dishwasher is Swedish -- little outfit called Frigidaire, you may have heard of them. (On order, should be here in March)
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