I'm so happy I saw this thread, because I don't drive, and the issue of driving has been on my mind recently. I have never really been crazy about the concept of driving, and for the most part, I have usually been able to get to most of the places I need to go, by using a bus, taxi, or train, and in the past, immediate family members were nice enough to give me a ride, once in a while, if I needed to get somewhere that wasn't as readily accesible by public transportation. Where I live currently, I do have the option to take public transportation to get to most of the places I usually visit, such as the library, mall, grocery store, but I am fed up with using the bus service because of how crowded the bus that comes down my route, normally is. I am unlucky enough to live on a bus route that picks up a lot of passengers a long the way and by the time the bus gets to my stop, I am lucky if I can find a seat. And having to bring my two year old daughter, along, if I do need to go somewhere, just makes the situation even more difficult, because I have to bring her stroller and her diaper bag, and there is really no extra room on the bus to be able to rest these items. So I really don't go out that much, unless it's something that really has to be done. I am trying to make it a weekly habit to bring my daughter to the library, a couple of times a week, so I don't mind taking the bus to do that, but that's one of the only reasons that I will put up with the annoyance of having to use the bus.
My boyfriend and I have recently talked about me getting my license and then a car, so that our daughter and I can do more stuff outside of the home, while he is at work. I would like to be able to just jump in the car and drive to where I need to go and to take my daughter to different activities, instead of having to worry about the bus schedule and wasting time at bus stops, when having a car would make things a lot easier.