People often ask me why I jump at the chance of taking someone to or from the airport – or Galway, Cork or Derry, any time of the day or day.
It’s simply because I like driving, especially if I have a nice automatic transmission.
I’ve already written about converting from an avid shifter.
I’ve had a few of the latter lately and, without being in any way critical, I’d go for the automatic versions any day.
People often stop and think when I tell them that the hybrid, electric vehicle or plug-in they are driving is effectively an automatic vehicle.
But the point I want to make here is not so much the ease and ease of driving a car, but how you can still have a lot of fun with the car.
Driving is, of course, about safety above all, but beyond that, for me at least, is the awe and wonder at the achievements in engineering and technology that have brought cars to where they are.
We take a lot for granted. So I try to highlight the wonders that are available to us every day.
And that’s why I love driving. Because every mission sparks that sense of wonder and awe, no matter how short or long the journey.
I used to drive faster; I used to drive a bit more and I used to race sports cars up and over mountain roads for the sheer pleasure of feeling the movement. I still do it, but more slowly because there are so many other vulnerable road users.
But the magic of movement remains. And even the switch to electric will not change anything because they call on their full power right from the start. What’s not to like about it? Galway anyone?
https://www.independent.ie/life/motoring/car-talk/i-automatically-get-a-great-buzz-from-driving-and-evs-can-offer-a-genuine-thrill-41843689.html I automatically get a great feeling driving a car – and electric vehicles can offer a real thrill