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Express English: Driving

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What do you love and what do you hate about driving?

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This is what some people in London told us.

People seem to like the convenient means of transport. One woman said that because she drives she does not have to ask for a lift.

But traffic, parking and the cost of maintaining a vehicle seem to be off-putting for many.

Did you know?


Texting while driving impairs motorists' concentration more than being under the influence of drink or drugs, research suggests. The RAC Foundation found average reaction times slowed by 35% when 17 to 24-year-olds drove in a simulator while writing or reading texts.

Language tip

"To be in the driving seat" is an idiom you use when you want to say that someone is in control of a situation.

Cultural tip

According to the website, there are more than 50 countries where motorists drive on the left. Among them are Britain, Japan and Indonesia.

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    • 1. At 2:12pm on 24 Jan 2012, Kazimir wrote:

      I like driving because I can get my girlfriend and me to the lake or to kiss inside near her house even at midnight in the winter. To drive means to be free.
      Speaking about problems I can say that here in Ukraine and Russia we have almost the same problems any driver has all around the world I mean high prices on fuel, problems with parking places and traffic jams in big cities.
      I don’t know how in other countries but here we have a very different and I would say very unpleasant problem – crazy drivers and “majors” a drivers, particularly young ones, children of the rich and powerful people who disturb other drivers with their careless driving of luxury, muscle and pimped cars. And the usual people can beat you too if got angry with your driving in the traffic jam. I’ve been to Poland and Germany for many times and can say their drivers and the style of driving itself strongly differs from ours.

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    • 2. At 2:34pm on 24 Jan 2012, Juan wrote:

      I love drive when roads aren`t congested because you are calm and I can enjoy the journey.
      But I hate to drive in a rush hour, all is difficult, you feel persecuted by the other drivers, you must bear lights and beep of the other cars, and sensation you are wasting your time.

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    • 3. At 2:37pm on 24 Jan 2012, alicianoia wrote:

      I love driving when I am plenty of time to enjoy the trip,thinking about my life while I am listening music and paying attention at what I am doing. I hate driving when I am in a hurry, because I am worry about being punctual and sometimes I make mistakes or even infractions without realizing.

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    • 4. At 3:32pm on 24 Jan 2012, Maria wrote:

      I passed the driving test six months ago and I must say I love driving car, especially the freedom it gives me in getting wherever I want. Finally I don't have to ask anyone for a lift or be worried that a public transport will fail me. The only problem is I can't afford my own car right now.

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    • 5. At 4:23pm on 24 Jan 2012, cihangir wrote:

      driving is the key of freedom for me. You are not tied up with rules and timetables of public transport. It enables me to do more in a limited time. However, waiting on traffic jam and drivers who don't care the traffic rules are night mare all around the world

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    • 6. At 5:29pm on 24 Jan 2012, luc debruyne wrote:

      I like driving in the rural area. There it's quite quiet and you have some amazing views. You can watch it in an easy way. And what about the motorways? I don't like it because the rush hour is very busy. You have always to be alert and sometimes there are drivers who are suddenly aggressive when you're doing an unpredictable action. In the future I'll often use my bike.

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    • 7. At 6:45pm on 24 Jan 2012, caduet wrote:

      I don't like wait to traffic lamb [I think you meant traffic jam, Moderator]and comgestion I want to empty road but impossible we are living 21 centruy everwhere car,bus a lot of things please someone send me 500 years ago.

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    • 8. At 8:47pm on 24 Jan 2012, moroccanman wrote:

      I don't like driving in big cities and busy times like rush hour and lunch times.I like driving in summer because the weather is nice and i can open my window and sun roof and enjoy fresh air.

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    • 9. At 10:10pm on 24 Jan 2012, Dickson Argenta de Souza wrote:

      I like to drive because I go everywhere I want in less time than if I go by bus and I hate the traffic and the parking. I must admit that sometimes I´m lazy to drive and prefer that someone do it to me.

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    • 10. At 02:20am on 25 Jan 2012, ketty wrote:

      I love driving because it's convenient and comfortable. I can also go for a spin anytime.
      But the expense of the petrol and mantaining the car are costly every year. You need a garage for it as well.

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    • 11. At 03:05am on 25 Jan 2012, DY Kim wrote:

      Everyday, i drive to work with my car early in the morning. It saves many times and also during driving, i have listened some english lectures like BBC learnig english. So i like driving. But sametime, traffic gams during driving make me angry and my knee painful.

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    • 12. At 06:20am on 25 Jan 2012, penelopekara wrote:

      What I love about driving is driving. It’s the sense of freedom that gives you. When I'm sad, when I'm bored, I take my car and I can be everywhere I want. I live in a small town, so there no means of transportation. So, either you take your car, or you go by foot. And the parking is not a problem in my region. Unless I have to drive 60 km away to the second biggest city of my country, Thessalonica. But this summer I tried not to use my car every day to the beach so I ride my daughter’s bicycle. The reason is for exercise and for the high cost of fuels. Because of my country's taxes the rise of the fuel price is very big and I now it makes me consider every kilometre I drive. Moreover I like to travel a lot and I used to with my car taking my family. But now because of the costs, I try not to go any trips.

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    • 13. At 08:20am on 25 Jan 2012, Nardy wrote:

      I hate driving in my city because you can get a ticket easily. Here in my city new young Polices are checking all cars park well.... It is really necerary but I think they must be a bit more tolerant....
      I love driving by outside the city!

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    • 14. At 08:43am on 25 Jan 2012, salih wrote:

      I love driving especially for long distances outside of the city. Because outside of the city, you don't have to feel traffic stress and crowds. So I always prefer to drive outside of the city.

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    • 15. At 09:44am on 25 Jan 2012, kezia82 wrote:

      I love the freedom of going wherever I want but I hate the constantly increasing cost of petrol and dealing with rude drivers.

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    • 16. At 11:29am on 25 Jan 2012, anthony wrote:

      I love driving to mother's home with wife.
      and driving to somewhere for good place with my friends,family,wife.
      but maintaining a car, traffic jam, traffic accident
      I hate driving

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    • 17. At 6:22pm on 25 Jan 2012, moutaz wrote:

      hi everybody,

      i like driving so much especially when i drive my car to long distance, do that give me some time to think and see what going on.

      here in Saudi Arabia the fuel is very cheap 1 liter around 8 pence , but there is a lot of driver here are crazy and the drive with a lot of speed without any signal,turn horn on all the time ,turn high light at night to take another track that what make me crazy .

      finally all people make mistake, so the first thing we need "improve our self" .

      thank you

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    • 18. At 7:35pm on 25 Jan 2012, Olga wrote:

      I like driving, because it gives me feel of freedom, because it's more comfortable, faster, and i can take a lot of things with me, especially when you have a baby.

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    • 19. At 8:05pm on 25 Jan 2012, zoca wrote:

      I love driving while I listen some good music.It relaxes me!
      My car is my world and magic for escape of problems:)

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    • 20. At 07:19am on 26 Jan 2012, Din Islam wrote:

      To be in the driving seat I like to think myself as king of the street. I like to drive fast. When the air strike in my eyes and hair through the car window I feel thrilled. I become more thrilled when the soft sunlight reflects on my cheek. I love to drive in the highways where I can drive as fast as I want. I like to see my girlfriend beside my seat although I've no one. I like to hear music while driving, especially soft music. I don't like to stop because of traffic. I hate traffic. And I hate traffic police too because most of them are dishonest. They take bribe from the motorists and allow them illegal driving. I don't like to see my car scratched by any other cars of other causes. I like to see my car fresh all the time and like to see same thinking among others too. Thats what I think about driving.

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    • 21. At 08:56am on 26 Jan 2012, sabo wrote:

      I have to pay huge amount of money when I have an accident. Even if the accident is very light, for example, just a scratch, it cost me about 400 US$! People in my country may think that a car must be shining. I must be extraordinary careful when I drive. So, I hate driving!

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    • 22. At 10:08am on 26 Jan 2012, narrosgirl wrote:

      I think driving sometimes means freedom, sometimes means slavery. I like driving because I can go wherever I want myself and it makes my dayly rutine easier, strictly speaking, possible. I hate driving when I can't park, when I end up into a congestion, when my car donó work. Fortunately, I live in a small town where parking is possible and we hardly find any congestion.

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    • 23. At 12:13pm on 26 Jan 2012, Gigliola wrote:

      I love cars and I admire those who are able to drive them. I have to admit that driving a car is not for everybody. Speaking from my personal experience, I took driving lessons and I pass the theoretical exam with no difficulties but the practical test was something different. I felt that I forgot all I learnt and I fell the exam. I was too nervous, scared and intimidate by the police man and I have never tried again. Maybe, some day...but I think that day won't come very soon...

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    • 24. At 12:15pm on 26 Jan 2012, Vera_Kuzub wrote:

      I love driving becouse you don't need to wait any busses ot traines. You can sit on your car and drive were you want. It is more comfortable. You can drive around the country and see many interesting place. You can stop when you want to relax.

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    • 25. At 7:56pm on 26 Jan 2012, alex wrote:

      I completely agree with the first talk,Kazimir, about style of driving in Russia. It's awful, you have to give road some "rich and strong" cars even it's against the low! Moreover all drivers in Russia know about our police))
      If look on positive side,driving give your sense of freedom, independence and welfare, especially when you drive your own car,which want for a long time and in the end you bought it!)

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    • 26. At 03:53am on 27 Jan 2012, castleontheriver wrote:

      I do not know how to drive, but I would like to learn. However, I think that the pleasure to lead is felt in low-traffic routes. In large cities, contrary , drivers have look serious, because they must drive between many vehicles of different class and spend a long time to go to work and return later to home.

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    • 27. At 09:29am on 27 Jan 2012, behappy wrote:

      I would like to have a driving licence,because I can drive my car cruising around with my family and friends.But i think drive a car should pay too much money and maintaining the car.And traffic is a big problem,there always congestion during the rush hour.Althongh have a car has lots of disadvantages,but if i have a car i don't have to wait the train for a long time i can go wherever if i want.

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    • 28. At 2:10pm on 27 Jan 2012, 54635ang wrote:

      I hat driving. I love driving. Life is full of contradictions

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    • 29. At 2:22pm on 27 Jan 2012, arby wrote:

      I love driving because I can go to the place that I have'nt gone yet. I can go out and about downtown with friends. I hate to drive when the road is slippery.

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    • 30. At 11:58pm on 27 Jan 2012, Americo Seguerit wrote:

      hat I like about driving is: the power to arrive early at my work and to go to the beach on weekends. I hate driving are the tails and the large number of holes that have the ways that damage the cars.

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    • 31. At 10:11am on 28 Jan 2012, Marc wrote:

      When i am driving my car i prefer the roads in the outskirts of my city depending on the traffic factor. There are often traffic jams i dont like to deal with, because of waisting my time. So i escape crowds by using highways that provides me in a circle around the down town traffic, so i can safe more time and have more relaxation while driving. Besides i like my car very much, it means a privat place for me where i can listen to music, BBC lessons or take phonecalls. I dont have to take care for others like in public transportations, actually in the flow of the traffic.

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    • 32. At 1:20pm on 28 Jan 2012, latiflatif wrote:

      For me,driving is a necessity not a pleasure ,i used to love driving when cars were of a limited number
      i hate driving because i feel so tired when i think of the illimited cars that i have to pay attention to so to arrive safely to my distination.

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    • 33. At 2:26pm on 28 Jan 2012, handona wrote:

      i getted my driving license 4 months ago
      iam now enjoy driving a car & feel free

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    • 34. At 05:54am on 29 Jan 2012, Saprina wrote:

      I love driving, because my father has a private car, I and my father can travel beautiful spot and scene at holidays.

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    • 35. At 07:22am on 31 Jan 2012, Kelly who wanna Eng fluent wrote:

      I love driving, I don't have a car and don't enjoy driving though I have license but I think Driving a car is much more comfortable in my city. cause we don't have subway. so when It is rusrh hour All of buses are crowded. I feel exhuasted after getting off from bus.
      Also If we have navigation which helps us to find the place we wanna go to , It is so convenient cause I could go wherever easily.
      However I can't deny loads of cons such as traffic jam, parking, possibilities of accident, expenses of mainting car.

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    • 36. At 10:39am on 31 Jan 2012, Jordan wrote:

      I just got an license a few months ago.When I am driving,I feel nervous.Besides,the people who don't obey the traffic rules really made me mad.However,it's me feel free when driving and I love to take people to everywhere.

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    • 37. At 4:26pm on 31 Jan 2012, pepper wrote:

      i don't like vey much to drive the car of my father,in general of my family, because i am not enuogh sure of myself and i am so frightened from the thought to break it or to be stolen it.for this i prefer not driving until i will have a my car.i know that this decision has many disadvantages for my mobility when i use to go out with my friends or my girlfriend,but nowdays using a car is not secure for me and the people on the streets like passengers and others milan moving is too simple and healhty,infact i use like many students in big city public transport as metro,tram and bus.if i could and i had power,i would eliminate all the car because there is too much pollution and i would create a lot of parks for romantic walks and for enjoing children.

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    • 38. At 5:10pm on 31 Jan 2012, rasel wrote:

      Topic is driving regarding loving or hating. I took participation a driving license exam a few years ago. For getting a driving license firstly I enrolled myself a driving technical college. There every morning before going to office I practiced car driving in a link road with a trainer. Initial level I was got scare when kept my hand on steering. I found gear out of my control when I tried to change. Sometimes I felt very nervous changing back gear. But day by day I got myself skilled rather than about two weeks ago driving a private car. With that time my expert trained my to check mobile and replace punchered wheel. Moreover I learnt about traffic signal indicator, how to manage relevant driving papers to be needed. After that I got a non professional driving license through passing a road authority exam that is domestic license, of course I have a international as well. That license belongings light motor vehicle such as motorcycle, micro bus and private car and so on. I appreciate driving if getting license and skilled on road with car anytime. But this is very unfortunate somebody used to drive car without license and training. It is also very puzzle that somebody is getting license in an unfair way. As a result this guys are facing unexpected accidents with injury, casualties and even spot dead. That is why everybody should be careful to get the driving. Nowadays driving is so much boring in traffic jam especially in non-developed countries where you can see non-planned highway having broken pitch. Nevertheless I love long drive with my friends with green fields in my eyes here and there into my looking glass. I always wishes a happy driving for everybody in our BBC Learning English Family Members. Good Luck.

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    • 39. At 5:24pm on 31 Jan 2012, rasel wrote:

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    • 40. At 07:01am on 01 Feb 2012, sanny wrote:

      I like driving, cause it,s like a second home for me, there are a lot of my stuffs in it, with driving a car i can take my family on vacation, when i,m alone in driving i like listening to music, it makes me more relax , ;) i hate driving, when i,m in a hurry huhhh, cause in my city ( jakarta ) almost everyday i get traffic jam.

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    • 41. At 12:10pm on 02 Feb 2012, nimcat wrote:

      Because of the nature of my job I have no way just to use my car to get to work. in London finding a free or cheap car park is so difficult or is better to say impossible!traffic jam in the rush hour is nightmare as you have to spend much petrol,waste your time, loss your patience and much disadvantages you can get from using the car but you can not ignore the freedom and being your own boss as a driver!

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    • 42. At 6:43pm on 02 Feb 2012, mariel wrote:

      Sometimes when I'm driving my car I notice a freedom feeling, that's amazing!
      I hate driving in the morning when I arrive late to work and everyone is late, it becomes a race!

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    • 43. At 08:10am on 03 Feb 2012, chadurala wrote:

      I like driving only weekend with my wife and children. they are also much enjoying it. I'm sure driving own can with our family members gives us happiness. it's fact crazy drivers are everywhere in the world. it's not stop us to drive our own car - even sometimes it's gives us tense. anyhow due to crazy drivers and congestive roads keep maintaining a good car is expensive at all level instead of thinking about traffic jam or traffic rules.

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    • 44. At 08:45am on 03 Feb 2012, La_praline wrote:

      I don't drive myself but in the future I plan to get driving licence.
      When i am taken a lift I don't like traffic jams espesially when I'm late. I LIKE when drivers keep to all driving rules. I really admire them.

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    • 45. At 5:20pm on 03 Feb 2012, Tasha-Ta wrote:

      Hello everybody, I am from Siberia, Krasnoyarsk city, Russia. Here two categories of drivers those who drive fast and those who are slow. We are polite and when motorist let me turn in our traffic jams we turn on emergency signal to show it the driver who let you drive your way. It means "thank you very much". I like this custom and use it quite frequently. I hate frozen winters because the car doesn't start up at -35. In this case you have to heat your car with the help of another working one. Lucky those who have underground parkings in their block-of-flats. I am among such people.

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    • 46. At 07:36am on 05 Feb 2012, skyface wrote:

      For me the driving or not, is decided how far the distance. A long distance travel driving makes much more freedom on the trip when it has no pressure of time and people. We can go wherever we wanna to visit just not very far from the original trip.Different experience will be find in second when the idea just slipping in my mind. that's awesome!

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    • 47. At 3:31pm on 05 Feb 2012, Cida wrote:

      I really like driving. I think that it's better because I can stop at any place I want and watch especial sites when traveling. Although, I'm not secure to drive on left. I'm a brazilian and I'm going to visit Australia and New Zealand on april, so I'm not sure if I'd be able to drive on left.

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    • 48. At 09:01am on 06 Feb 2012, Doris wrote:

      I love driving because I can go anywhere conveniently for my trip. But I know driving too much can create so many pollutions makes our globes become sick.

      You also should expend a lot on maintaining.

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    • 49. At 1:47pm on 06 Feb 2012, Hope wrote:

      I'm from India... and we in India drive on the left too

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    • 50. At 1:53pm on 07 Feb 2012, Jose Daniel Gamez Rodriguez wrote:


      I like to drive because I feel freedom when I get my car and drive for long road to the forest or mountaing. I enjoy to see the landsacpe and listening good music. I don´t like to driving in the city because the trafic is horrible and congestion, many times I prefer to take a taxi because is minus stresfully than to drive myself. I prefer the sedan than pick up. I would drive intermediat not fast no slow.


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    • 51. At 9:35pm on 10 Feb 2012, vasso raba wrote:

      My main fear when J must drive is to kill someone. So until this day J avoid to drive. It's my hunsband he drives me to work. But J found very pleasant to be sitting next the conductor and look around while J listen to the music

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    • 52. At 9:38pm on 10 Feb 2012, framaria wrote:

      I live in a little country, so I've not problems such as traffic, congestion or parking, and I love driving! Above all when I drive on a sunny day, with radio on, even listening a good music, I feel very relaxed and in peace. Therefore driving improves my mood! But there is something that I love more than car: the bicycle.I think that when the weather is good cycling is better than driving. In this way we keep fit and above all we don't pollute, and a city without exhaust gas is ever a better city!

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    • 53. At 3:53pm on 11 Feb 2012, Cherry Chan wrote:

      I hate driving. Because i haven't the money to park the carpark and repair it.

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    • 54. At 4:10pm on 13 Feb 2012, Kano wrote:

      Driving is the easiest way of transpor . Also it is quite fast . But , like the whole things in this world it has a bad side . Driving pollute the environment..

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    • 55. At 5:00pm on 15 Feb 2012, soumia wrote:

      i love driving but i havn't got a car, i think it's the best way to go wherever you want.really it's perfect .
      i hate the accedent

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    • 56. At 8:05pm on 16 Feb 2012, Mukul Singhvi wrote:

      I love driving with music in night. It gives awesome feeling. I hate driving in traffic. I don't like to drive vehicle in only first and second gear.

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    • 57. At 11:49pm on 17 Feb 2012, Mr Micmic wrote:

      i like driving mainly because i have n't to ask for a lift
      and i can keep atime for doing alot of things

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    • 58. At 1:47pm on 20 Feb 2012, leonglee wrote:

      Actually i'm the crazy drive who always driving more than 160km/h(this situation is really fast in my country).I absolutely hate who always driving like a turtles, it was awful and annoy me all the time!

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