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Why Is Driving Fun?

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I don't think it would be much of a stretch to say that most of you reading this probably enjoy driving. That's the obvious bent of this website. I personally think a twisty mountain road with no one in front of you is about as close to heaven as you can get -- while being on that same twisty mountain road stuck behind a Prius going five below the speed limit would be the exact opposite. I personally enjoy the feeling that the car is a mechanical extension of myself, allowing me to move in a way that no human has been able to -- until very recently. When you take that extension of your body and perform admirably with it on those mountain roads, it's sublime.

But many people find the act of driving to be a complete chore, a misery to be endured or even a deadly necessity that they have to deal with. I found myself in a conversation with someone who simply did not understand how any aspect of driving could be considered fun, and it kind of blew my mind. He didn't understand what could make a car fun to drive, because he never had fun in a car before. To him, acceleration was uncomfortable and a necessary evil, the idea of paying attention to the nuances of the road seemed entirely stressful, and a curvy, technical road was like playing Russian roulette. No matter how I explained my love for driving, he just didn't understand. The act of having fun while driving didn't exist within his world view, and I don't think it ever will.

So why do you enjoy the act of driving? Is it the freedom of the open road or the variety of sensations you're in control of? Or is it just the fact that you're behind the wheel of a big machine? Seriously, let me know below in the comments.

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