I don't - and I don't think I ever will, at least not in the near future. I just havent had the need for it, since bus/subway works perfectly fine. And from what I've heard from parents/friends who drives, it's impossible to find a parking slot in the city anyway.
Never had the need for it...I'm pretty much the only one of my mates who didn't get my L plates as soon as I turned 16, and I've survived 5 years without needing to drive. I walk where I can. and take the bus everywhere else (it helps that my suburb is well-serviced by public transport!)
and work 15 miles from my house. I enjoy exercise, especially running, but am unable to ride a bike. Given the lack of suitable mass transit alternatives, I must have a vehicle (and thus a driver's license) if I want to get to work.
16 is the age for drivers' licenses in most states...except some of the major agricultural states, where it may be as young as 14 (originally so that kids could legally drive the family tractor/pickup for farm work). Some states have restrictions on number of passengers allowed until the driver turns 18, though.
14 is way more common in rural communities
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14 and 15-year-olds with learners or farm permits are allowed to drive to and from school and to and from work alone. Anywhere else they drive they're required to have a licensed driver in the front seat beside them.
I do have one, but I wouldn't say it's a must.
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Unlike your average American who gets their driver's license when they're 16, I waited until I was 28. I never felt the need, as I tend to like walking everywhere and have no problem taking public transportation. Plus, I liked the fact that I had a lower carbon imprint due to being a non-driver. I did have to get my license, though, so I could drive to and from an internship. Even still, I've had my car since '07, and it has only 28000 miles on it, and that includes a cross country driving trip from North Carolina to California.
If things were ideal, I'd never have need of a car, but it does help to have one when you absolutely need one. I'm not too fond of the money and time that needs to be put into maintaining one, but you do what you have to, right?
I was 16 before I took my driving test (such a later bloomer... ), but that was also when there wasn't a graduated licensing system: I sat it in an automatic and was a fully-fledged driver of any private car.
Between gas prices and insurance prices it is a complete drain. Unfortunately, I commute and am not able to go with out it. There are no jobs out where I am in my field, and the housing prices where my job is, are way out of my league. I would love to switch fields but my financial 'spot' right now won't allow it. And I have a cottage, which I love spending time at and it is impossible to get to without a car!
That's when you can start taking classes, driving for practice with an instructor, and then get a "driving permit" that allows you to drive with a parent in the front seat. You are supposed to accumulate experience (50 hours, 10 at night) and then take Segment 2 of the classes, pass a road test that includes parking. After that, you can have a full license. In practice, most are 16 at the time. There are restrictions about driving at night (unless to/from work) or carrying teenage passengers, but you're out and about. It's a great convenience for parents when their kid can drive themselves to their events.
I got my license the day I turned 18, which was considered a little backwards.
I grew up on a small farm in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. We lived 20 minutes outside of town, and as far as I knew, no buses came out our way. So having a license was important.
Then, I lived for a year in Berlin, and loved, loved, LOVED walking and taking public transit. It was actually strange and disconcerting to have to get in cars again after I left.
Now, I'm back to living in a more rural area. But I carpool as much as possible, and we have a much better bus system here than where I grew up. Although I don't drive as much now, I'd be worried if I were actually unable to do so, in case of an emergency. I think it can be an important skill to have, even if you don't need to use it often. Maybe a bit like swimming.
Obviously, it depends very much on where you live
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It's a 20-minute drive from my home to the nearest grocery store, for instance. And public transit come nowhere near us. The transit system is overloaded and underfunded, so there's not much chance of expansion anytime soon.
I'm too young still. I plan on taking drivers training next year. Cars are, in a way, very boring. I'd rather drive a motorcycle any day. There is some thing I find a little odd though. I can fly an airplane (with the instructor in the co-pilot seat), take off, fly around, stall, and pretty much anything within the capabilities of the plane but it's illegal for me to drive a car. Can't figure it out. Even though I'm a girl I've always been the motor vehicle lover (I don't see why boys get to have all the fun). At any given time in my childhood you could go into my room and see more hot wheels cars than princess dress up clothes. Just a random non-important fact about myself.
In the state I live in there are three "levels" of being a licensed driver.
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Right now I have just my first level which means I can drive with a licensed driver over 21. I took my drivers training when I was in my very last few months of being 15. I'm not really hyped up about getting my license but, if I want to be able to go any where by myself in the near future I'm going to have to get it. We don't really have "public transportation" where I live and honestly I'm a hermit and I would want to drive around with a bunch of other people. I like to be able to play my music really loud and talk with my family not listen to other people.
I didn't vote because those options don't really fit me.
I see that many of the people who here mentioned lack of public transport - that's too bad really because it's really needed, one shouldn't have to be dependant on a car all the time. There should be alternative transports available.
Of perspective, I think. It could be viewed as "people should have another means of transport instead of being dependent on public vehicles for their ride to work every day". Where I live people in the country areas commute to work normally. In places like New York city, most of the people walk or take buses though. The busier the city the more public transport and walking. (At least from what I've seen)