Post # 1
I am 23 and don’t have a driver’s license. Everyone makes fun of me because of it. Truth is I met FI when I was in HS and he drove me everywhere so I never really had the “need” early on. All my jobs have been in places where it was easier to take the train than to find parking, plus I had a free bus pass year round so it was super cheap! I did try taking the test once but it turns out I “don’t know what a complete stop is” lol. Also I am really scared to die alone, I know it sounds ridiculous but I feel that if I drive, I will be driving alone most of the time and therefore if something happens I will be all alone with no help.
Anyone out there that has postponed getting a driver’s license? Or am I really the only weirdo lol.
Post # 3
Don’t feel bad. I just got mine about a year ago age 22 at the time. Yes, everyone looked at me like WHATTTTTTT, but I didn’t have a car and I live home so my parents and or friends drove me places awful I know, but I am a broke college student and lived at school at the time so I didn’t need a car or license.
Post # 4
I guess it really depends on where you live. I have never lived in an area with a good public transportation system so it has been necessary to drive!
Post # 5
I have a friend who is getting hers this year. She is 28, turning 29 in June.
Post # 6
Don’t feel bad I am 34 and I don’t have my license. I don’t even know how to drive. I have been behind the wheel once. Drove to fast and scared my self and made my step-dad come and get the car. I have also had numerous family hurt or die in car accidents and I don’t want to die that way either. I have always lived close to the bus line or had boyfriends or now my fiance with a vehicle.
Post # 7
My best friend and MOH doesn’t have a license, she plans on moving to a larger city when she graduates college…probably Chicago.
Post # 8
Don’t feel bad! I am 25 and I don’t have mine yet. I have my permit which will expire in Sept. Truth is I am terrified of driving and do not have any intention of getting my license in the near future.
Post # 9
I got mine when I was 20, although I held a permit from age 16-20 (I retook the permit test every year to keep it current). My boyfriend at the time drove me everywhere, and his parents paid for his car and gas, so there wasn’t really a need to have a license. I went away to school and lived so close to campus I didn’t need to drive (lived in a college town).
I’m 22 now and I can’t believe I waited so long to start driving!! The sense of independence I have now, not having to depend on someone else’s schedule, is amazing.
However, what I learned was you aren’t going to pass until you are ready. At 16 I wasn’t comfortable in the car and would make stupid mistakes. At age 20 I just felt ready, practiced for two weeks, and passed my exam with flying colors. When you are ready to drive you will know it.
Post # 10
If you are in the city in Chicago I can see why you wouldn’t necessarily have a license. It would not be necessary. I got mine at 16 because I lived in Houston and we have barely any public transportation. I don’t think it’s weird though and I always kind of hope that I can live in a place with really good public transportation so I can ditch my car/car insurance and quit paying for gas!
Post # 11
I got mine at 19. My mama got hers when she was either in her late 20’s early 30’s. I don’t remember when but I was a little girl when she did.
Post # 12
One of my friends doesn’t have her license and we are turning 29 this year. Her husband doesn’t have his either. The city where we live does not have a great public transport system, but somehow they have managed. I do worry though, she was born on the kitchen floor because her dad couldn’t drive her mum to the hospital and I worry that something like that could happen to her, especially as her husband has a lot of health issues. For me it is a natural step to becoming an adult, like getting a job and moving out of your parents house. I wouldn’t have dated a man who couldn’t drive, I don’t want to be someone’s taxi driver! It’s never too late to learn if that’s what you want, regardless of previous experiences or fear.
Post # 13
Yay I am glad I am not the only one! I have had a lot of people pass away in car accidents and it just freaks me out. I do agree that I will know when I am ready. I know I am getting closer to wanting to do it because when I move in with FI transportation will be a little harder. Also FI promised me a shiny brand new car, but even with that incentive I still don’t see the need.
Post # 14
I can see not needing the license in a larger city like yours, but I got mine at 15 (14 1/2 is legal here) and have been driving ever since. I guess, for the small towns here you just really need one because there is little to no public transportation.
Post # 15
14.5!!?? Oh my goodness, where I live you HAVE to be 16. Once you get your license it is still provisional for a year. Meaning: You can’t drive between the hours of 11pm-5am or with anyone 20 and under in your car, unless you have a parent or guardian with you.
You can get your permit at 15.5, but after that you need 6 hours of formal driver’s education and 50 hours of driving practice with an adult over 25.
I couldn’t imagine being 14.5 and having a license (even though I waited longer than norm), I would have just been entering high school at that age!!
Post # 16
I got mine at 16 and drove all the time in Canada. However, even though I moved to Seoul 4.5 years ago, I still don’t have a Korean driver’s license. I’m really terrified of driving in this city!!!!!! However, DH has a car, and I may need to drive it some time in the future for an emergency or to drive his parents around etc, so I really need to get my Korean one once we come back from the Canadian wedding….I’m scared….