There was a time when I used to love driving. That was about 15 years ago. In the US, I had an impeccable record (was only stopped once for speeding) even though I learnt driving quite late. Now, I only drive if I have to. I was wondering about what changed. I think it was an accident that I had one night in Mumbai – the Maruti 800 I was driving hit a lamp post near Dadar when I was momentarily blinded by the headlights of an oncoming car. I was lucky to emerge unscathed from that incident — the lamp post fell on the windshield, shattered it, and glass was sprinkled all over the car but nothing much came on me. Sometime then, I decided to have a full-time driver.

I was reminded of this topic and the incident when I drove our car to VT station a couple days ago. I was driving a car after more than a year. I was ultra-cautious and even a bit tense though the roads were quite empty at 6:15 am in the morning. That love for driving is probably gone now – and I doubt it will come back.

6 thoughts on “Driving

  1. That is because you stopped driving for 1-year and started again.

    If you had just ignored that as an accident … i repeat… an accident… and started driving then. You would not even reminded of that now.

  2. The way and the degree of caution you take while driving is, according to me, related to how important you feel you are to your people.

    I became a more cautious drive after I got married but now that I’ve a daughter, I’ve totally changed my perspective of driving — stay calm, let others overtake, its OK to be little late, it’s also OK to be last in the line.

  3. Thats life. Accidents can happen unfortunately. (Oncoming car can hit a standing car). Never mind on it. Just drive happily, nothing will happen.