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Re: No interest in driving? [Re: IMGTX] #3056806
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Re: No interest in driving? [Re: HotRodDave] #3056815
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Originally Posted by HotRodDave
Originally Posted by Jer
Originally Posted by usp4u
I just dont understand it.


Hey, they aren't looking for a job, either. DAMHIK.


My 16 year old gets up at 5:30 AM and walks to work since we quit driving him but it is only about 1.5 miles right now, all his coworkers and boss man say he works awesome, he is working construction so it is hard work.


I grossly underestimated the work ethic of my son.

He did a stint at Wal-Mart in the Automotive dept. changing tires and would work circles around the other guys. Like I said previously, no real interest in cars. I figured he would wash out after a couple of weeks but I was wrong. He loves that money! LOL!

He finished his robotics degree and got hired the same day he was interviewed! Apparently it's hard to find someone that has that degree/experience, can weld, run a lathe, cnc and pass a drug test. He was hired the same day they interviewed him!

I'm so proud of the fact that he's following his passion and doing what he likes. Don't lump all kids into the same basket.


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Re: No interest in driving? [Re: IMGTX] #3056819
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Originally Posted by IMGTX
I see it a lot. We had to leave the house to socialize. Kids today socialize online. They would rather have internet than a car any day.

I also see this new generation spending their money on events/vacations rather than items. Most would rather not spend a lot of money on stuff but instead spend money on things that bring memories.
I see some logic to that one.


Many appear to not want a steady 'job' but rather a 'gig' where they are not tied to it 5 days a week. When they are done with the gig they stop working and travel around/goof off with friends until the money is gone and then they start looking for work again.

Re: No interest in driving? [Re: GY3] #3056838
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Originally Posted by GY3
Originally Posted by HotRodDave
Originally Posted by Jer
Originally Posted by usp4u
I just dont understand it.


Hey, they aren't looking for a job, either. DAMHIK.


My 16 year old gets up at 5:30 AM and walks to work since we quit driving him but it is only about 1.5 miles right now, all his coworkers and boss man say he works awesome, he is working construction so it is hard work.


I grossly underestimated the work ethic of my son.

He did a stint at Wal-Mart in the Automotive dept. changing tires and would work circles around the other guys. Like I said previously, no real interest in cars. I figured he would wash out after a couple of weeks but I was wrong. He loves that money! LOL!

He finished his robotics degree and got hired the same day he was interviewed! Apparently it's hard to find someone that has that degree/experience, can weld, run a lathe, cnc and pass a drug test. He was hired the same day they interviewed him!

I'm so proud of the fact that he's following his passion and doing what he likes. Don't lump all kids into the same basket.
You're right. There are still some good ones out there and I'm guilty of sometimes saying "kids today". You should be proud!


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Re: No interest in driving? [Re: larrymopar360] #3056846
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My niece doesn't drive and will probably never drive as long as she lives in Chicago. Just no interest in another responsibility.

My son walks to work and has a drivers license. His mother is a crazy driver and had an accident that put her in the hospital for a month when he was five. After a broken arm and leg from bike injuries he just would rather walk.

Growing up on a farm a drivers license was the only way to get miles away from work quickly. I couldn't wait for the comfort of being away from work when I was a kid. Most kids don't have that issue and would rather stay home.


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Re: No interest in driving? [Re: moparpollack] #3056858
07/06/22 06:19 PM
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If I would not have loved cars, and driving, I'd have a lot more money now... Hindsight is 20/20. Then again, what would I have done with all that time? If I didn't love the cars and driving, I probably wouldn't have had to work either. More time to kill. For me, cars, driving, and work were probably a good answer.

I think far too many people these days, both young and old, don't really want to have any responsibilities placed on them. Being responsible requires them to get involved with life, and that might be too much work.

Re: No interest in driving? [Re: 6PakBee] #3056926
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I have seen that as well. Of course, they always seem to find someone willing to drive them wherever they want. Sign me up. If I wanted to go somewhere as a kid it was always up to me to get there.

Re: No interest in driving? [Re: 6PakBee] #3056932
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My three kids, now in their mid-late 20s, are not that interested in cars or driving. They see them as necessities. They see them for the money pits that they are. I'm thankful. Their lack of interest in cars and driving has nothing to do with the internet or social media. Their days are full, busy and long with work and other activities. Times are different and so are their choices and lives. We need to be careful to not cast to wide a net when decrying the younger generations.

Re: No interest in driving? [Re: W.I.N. Racing] #3056935
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Originally Posted by W.I.N. racing
Thats what happens when you make the nest too comfortable...in addition to social interactions there is the lack of drive to grow up (become self supporting) The parents of teenagers and younger I associate with are so involved in their children's day to day activities it is understandable why children don't or cant grow up...they don't know how or even have to for that matter.


Great: Then just tell them to "hike It", Uber, or bum a ride from their friend(s).
But I guess you could buy them a Good pair of walking shoes.

Re: No interest in driving? [Re: PhillyRag] #3056974
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My mom didn't get her drivers license until she was 45! Always lived where one wasn't needed, and she was born in 1929. After she finally decided it was something she wanted to do, she used that ability quite often until she had three small accidents at age 88 and handed me the keys to her car. I here all the time about kids wanting nothing to do with driving and believe it will be the death knell of automobile manufacturers eventually... twocents


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Re: No interest in driving? [Re: Rhinodart] #3056986
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Hmmm, it was a few years ago now.... I wanna say 2017 (but I could be wrong) and it was the first year in Canada that the number of new Drivers finally went DOWN.

A car doesn't offer the same thing to a teenager these days. Most kids that age don't see a car as any sort of status symbol; they simply see it as a tool. Not only that, cars are pretty boring today. Long gone are the days of buying a 10-year old luxury car like an older Oldsmobile, Lincoln or Cadillac. That sort of thing either doesn't exist, or is priced well above the means of the average teenager.

Long gone are the days of buying something for a few hundo and fixing it up. Not only are used clunkers not that cheap anymore, neither are the parts nor the expertise to repair such a vehicle. Even look at the "Sport Compact" segment. It's been handed over to Honda; lock, stock and fishing tackle. Neon? Ancient. Dart/200? Meh. Cavalier? Cobalt?? Antiques. Tiburon? RSX? Integra? "Dude, are you even speaking English?"

Anything "Cool" costs a fortune to purchase, maintain or even feed.

Almost like this has been programmed into them in some sort of clandestine plan to limit our ability to move. work

The world has changed - and not for the better. I always quote my 1968 statistics.... when minimum wage was .75 an hour.... if a person saved up every penny they earned for a year, maybe mowed some lawns on the side and won a few hands of poker, they could take home a brand-new Road Runner. Or that same person could have their pick of any number of lesser priced NEW cars like a Rambler or one of them foreign jobs or even a VW. But they could purchase something NEW if they wanted and pay for it in cash.

Can the average minimum wage slob do that today? Not without difficulty. Cheapest car on the market ( I just Googled ) is the Chevy Spark (whatever that is) MSRP $16,690. A Hyundai Elantra now stickers for over $20k. (Remember when Hyundai BRAGGED about the $9,999.99 Accent?? And those are almost NEAT little cars!) Average minimum wage worker definitely ain't taking anything like that home by paying cash and ain't nobody gonna finance a 17 year old workin' at Mickey D's.

It's the last day's of Rome, folks. And Nero is in the White House.



But one thing I will point out is that driving is kinda boring. 50-60 years ago, a car handled poorly at best, but the roads followed the lay of the land and were FUN to drive. Narrow road, blind corners, one-lane bridges.... heck, finding an OLD stretch of road in a modern car gives me a chubby!!

Today, the most pedestrian car can do the Kessle run in less than 12 parsecs but 99% of roads are flat, straight or "engineered for safety". F*** that, noise you fat Penguin!! I want a narrow, two-lane built into the side of a mountain with nothing more than an old bicycle chain protecting me from a 1,000-ft chasm. That'll put hair on your giblets.

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Re: No interest in driving? [Re: GregY] #3056994
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My older daughter (now 19) got her temps right away, got her license right away. We bought her a car to drive. Several of her friends don't drive, so she's often tapped for rides, and they give her gas money. I made a deal with her that she can keep half of what they give her, and the other half goes to me, since I pay for her gas. I actually come out a little bit ahead, and she gets some $$ in her pocket. She goes to school and has a job, and wouldn't be able to do the things she's doing without being able to drive.

Younger daughter (now 14) is indifferent about driving, but she'll still get her temps next year and start working toward getting her license when she's 16. She knows that her mom and I aren't going to shuttle her all over the place, that we're not letting her ride with other kids driving, and that using rideshares will cost a fortune that she doesn't have.


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Re: No interest in driving? [Re: not_a_charger] #3057002
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I don't get it either, there was a girl in one of my classes in high school(class of 97) that had zero interest in getting her license. That was absurd to me, totally insane as I had my license by 9 or 10AM on my 16th birthday. She eventually got it but not until she was 18 or 19. Back then that wasn't common at all but now I see it all the time, still strange to me. My city is not one with good public transport, you would have to plan out hours to get get to work via public transport. I think a lot of the issue is having a car gives you the ability to go to work, the few I know that were either way delayed or just haven't gotten license yet are also not the working type.

I have an 8 year old boy that loves cars. At this point I don't see a problem with him wanting to drive when its time. He will probably be more tech savy than me by the time he is of working age, but if the internet is what keeps him home I will figure out a way to put a bill changer or card reader on the modem or something lol. Easy to say now!


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Re: No interest in driving? [Re: Bad340fish] #3057047
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My Dad grew up around railroads back in the '30s and early '40s. He was really interested in all aspects of that stuff. I grew up working in a gas station in the '70s with hot rods everywhere. I don't give a damn about trains. wave


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Re: No interest in driving? [Re: 6PakBee] #3057230
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I didn't get a license until I was 18. That doesn't mean I wasn't driving though. I was buying cars at 13. Probably had 10 or 12 before I got a license.
I don't see that around here though, everything is far away so without a license and a car you aren't going anywhere


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Re: No interest in driving? [Re: Guitar Jones] #3057240
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I'm pretty sure all the kids around here are driving soon as they can; but they all have jobs and things to do...

Dad made sure I could drive the family car many years before I was licensed, in case there was some emergency.
And I practiced late at night many a time with no adult supervision; but that was the early '60s, a completely different world...

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I discussed this thread with my 31-year-old daughter, and she believes the three major reasons for lack of interest in driving are:
High car prices
High fuel prices
Environmental concerns

Re: No interest in driving? [Re: bobby66] #3057244
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Originally Posted by bobby66


My Dad grew up around railroads back in the '30s and early '40s. He was really interested in all aspects of that stuff. I grew up working in a gas station in the '70s with hot rods everywhere. I don't give a damn about trains. wave


Exactly.

Re: No interest in driving? [Re: Powerflow] #3057256
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Originally Posted by Powerflow
I discussed this thread with my 31-year-old daughter, and she believes the three major reasons for lack of interest in driving are:
High car prices
High fuel prices
Environmental concerns




With the advent of delivered fast food, groceries, packages,..basically everything. Why endure the expense of insurance, tag renewal, maintenance, etc? It's cheaper to call a Lyft driver to take you places. twocents

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