Which seat in a car is yours?

To drive or not to drive.

If you do not live in the center of Manhattan, probably, a car is your main way to move from point A to point B. Sweet sixteen divides students into two categories: those who are eager to get a driver’s license as soon as possible, and those who come up with a reason not to do so.

The first category, new drivers, does not raise many questions. It is a widespread and ordinary eagerness of 16 year olds. Nobody asks them “why do you want to drive?”. The situation is different if a young guy or girl does not want to be behind the car wheel. “Is there something wrong with them? Do they have health issues? Their family cannot afford another car?” These ‘ passengers’ look like strangers next to their peers. Even family members regularly push them: “What is the matter? Come on! We are not going to drive you all our lives! Are you going to live in Manhattan? You need to start driving!”

I am a passenger myself. Yes, I drive. But every time, when I should turn the key, I hate this. Nope, I am not scared, despite the CDC data that young people 15–24 y.o., representing 14% U.S. population, “account for 30% ($19 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28% ($7 billion) among females”. I just do not like the process of driving. I prefer reading, thinking, dancing, or sleeping. I can do none of these while I’m driving. So why I should waste my life for something I don’t love?

I feel a great pleasure when I sit on the right seat near a driver, can enjoy views, or make notes. I absolutely do not want to watch for pits on the roads, motorcyclists that suddenly change their course, and pedestrians walking on the road in the dark. I am not a weird person. There is nothing wrong with me and others who do not like driving. We just enjoy other things.

Do you know what is especially good about those of us who do not like to drive? We do not give advice to the driver.

Olga Lanova