Driving Should Be Fun

I think I’m probably one of the few people in my group of friends who genuinely enjoys driving.  This is good, because I don’t drink either which makes me an excellent friend to have at weekend especially, even if I do say so myself!

I’m also pretty good at driving, when it’s on a track at least.  It’s one of the few things I actually seem to be better at than most of my aforementioned group of friends.

Because I own what I would call a not very environmentally friendly car, I’ve been trying to drive a bit more economically of late.  I’d watched a clip of Kimi Räikkönen and Martin Brundell driving Ferraris round a track while trying to save fuel.  They spoke of techniques such as using a higher gear and carrying speed through corners as well as the obvious things about keeping revs low, upshifting early and minimising unnecessary braking and acceleration by planning ahead.

I’d worked out that if I only use 1 side of my gear box for urban (lower speed) driving especially, I could increase the fuel economy of my car just over 10%.  I think I’m effectively taking the fuel hungry turbo out of the equation.

What I’m also doing is making driving exceptionally boring!  I’ve mentioned previously in my blog about my hatred of Volkswagen Passats because their owners probably wanted something else, so won’t enjoy them.  In the same way I don’t get why people buy 4x4s and never take them off road or why people buy sports utility vehicles that are like old Minis on stilts, I don’t get why people by big engined cars with sports trims and drive everywhere at 35mph.  Why have the option of fun but not use it?

And that applies to another type of drive, the one that some people I say I don’t have.  Maybe I’m just more attuned to it at the moment, but I seem to see a lot of people doing things because they think it’s what should make them happy.  It’s like they have a list.  Let’s stick with a car analogy.

It looks pretty.  It has leather seats and a CD player, player, player.  (Sorry for the Feeder reference.)  It has a mid-rear mounted 65° V12 with a 6.3-litre (6262 cc) capacity producing 800 PS (588 kW, 789 bhp) @ 9000 rpm and 700 N·m (520 lbf·ft) of torque @ 6,750 rpm, supplemented by a 163 PS (120 kW; 161 bhp) KERS unit (called HY-KERS), which will provide short bursts of extra power. The KERS system adds extra power to the combustion engine’s output level for a total of 963 PS (708 kW; 950 bhp) and a combined torque of 900 N·m (664 lb·ft).  (Those are Ferrari La Ferrari specs.)

It should be fun.  Therefore it will be fun even if you’re too terrified to drive it and end up hundreds of thousands (or millions) of pounds poorer.

I think some people tick off the characteristics they want to see in something they are driven to get and assume they make the whole thing that they want.  That can be in jobs, relationships, anything.  Is it really that easy? Is that really the fun way of driving?

There is a star that lights the road
Will it take me to the end? Well, I don’t know
But for one last time
I’ll take this ride and just drive

I wanna be the only one to make it to the light
I’ll take it to the edge where I have died a thousand times
But maybe I could be the one
To ride into the setting sun tonight and just drive

Breathin’ out or breathin’ in
Broken down but I will live to fight again
For one last time
I’ll take this ride and just drive

I wanna be the only one to make it to the light
I’ll take it to the edge where I have died a thousand times
But maybe I could be the one
To ride into the setting sun tonight, just drive

There is a star that lights the road
Will it take me to the end? Well, I don’t know

I wanna be the only one to make it to the light
I’ll take it to the edge where I have died a thousand times
And maybe I could be the one
And ride into the setting sun tonight, just drive

Just Drive by Alistair Griffin

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