jcochrane wrote:For me it makes no difference if I commute to London, pop down to the shops or on good roads in Wales every drive I try to drive my best and if things don't work out quite right I try to learn from the experience. I can never understand how a practice drive can be separated from any drive, so I would agree with SD on this.
OK, I'd better hold my hands up.
This coming weekend I shall be spending some time driving in Wales with my wife. For me the main purpose is to practise in an environment that will present different challenges to those I face in my every-day driving. There are other reasons that encourage me to go, including that it will be huge fun, and there will be a social aspect as we'll be meeting and driving with a few others, and maybe the meals will be good.
It's hard to separate the first two, the practising and the fun, since for me they go hand in hand - I probably wouldn't be fanatical about driving if I didn't find it lots of fun as well, but the fun won't and doesn't come from trying to go as fast as possible, from treating roads like race tracks, instead it comes from trying to drive as well as I can. The highs will be if I drive well, the lows if I don't.
I wouldn't bother going just for the social aspect, and I certainly CBA going for the food. I probably won't be drinking alcohol since I find even a small amount in an evening leaves me feeling slightly fuzzy the next morning, (and I don't want anything to interfere with my opportunity to practise driving), although I know some of my companions will take a different view.
I don't know why my companions will be there; each person will have their own reasons. For me, though, it's (almost) all about the driving.