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Cars not important to youth?

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Old 09-10-2018, 12:40 PM
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Seems like kids today aren't bothering to get their driver's license. The guy across the street from me had to force his daughter (age 18) to go get hers, and promised to buy her a new car if she did. This seems impossible to me. Is the internet making it unnecessary for kids to go hang around together? Or is it just that parents take their kids places so they don't need a license? Or is it some new thing I'm not even aware of because I'm out of touch. I never thought I'd become the crotchety old man saying that he doesn't understand kids....but that's what I'm saying.
 
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Be careful what you believe. Younger people may be waiting a while to get their driver's license but unless you use public transportation, you'll need a car. I've read dozens of stories including those by realtors who predict the demise of all suburbs since young people all want to be downtown.

Yeah, maybe until they get tired of all of the noise, then they'll be looking for the suburbs.
 
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I forced both my kids to get their licenses as soon as I realized they'd be attending 5:30 AM swim practices... When it comes to cars, my son just drives back and forth but knows how to check the oil and call dad when something happens (like when the shift button got stuck on his S40 and he couldn't get the key out). Cars come in handy at college when you need that 2 AM food run across town. My daughter knew how to reset the check engine light on her 95 850T and would watch whenever I manned the wrench. She also knew how to pop the shifter button out and periodically do the shifter row on the 850. Good news is that she's about to get her MD degree and that technical interest will serve her well in her career. Bad news is she may grab a rachet and not the scapel..
 
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Without car no Love. So i think car is very important for youth and youth people.
 
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Im 15 and all I think about is building a cheap rally car from a 740 sedan.
 
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I hear this from many colleagues. Their teenage kids being forced to learn how to drive and no interest in it. I don`t think it`s no interest, it`s that if you learn to drive a car it takes time away from f..cking with their phone. It`s all about the phone if it takes time away from the phone then they don`t want to do it. I wonder how they will ever have sex. They all ready can`t carry a conversation. Try talking to someone under 25, they don`t know how. Look at advertisements for cars, especially Ford. Nothing about how it drives, lots about Bluetooth capability, Apple iTunes and all that other stuff connected to the phone. It`s all about the phone, and I say again, it`s all about the phone. See the panic in their face if they misplace a phone or if a parent threatens to take it away, it`s hilarious. I find the kids these days are not stupid, they just don`t know anything.
 
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Old 12-16-2018, 12:36 AM
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Originally Posted by tony1963 View Post
Be careful what you believe. Younger people may be waiting a while to get their driver's license but unless you use public transportation, you'll need a car. I've read dozens of stories including those by realtors who predict the demise of all suburbs since young people all want to be downtown.

Yeah, maybe until they get tired of all of the noise, then they'll be looking for the suburbs.
Noise, just put the earbuds in and listen to the phone, no problem. Uber covers public transportation.
 
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Mommy and daddy are enablers; their kids whine a little, here is a new toy to shut them up.
 
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Wait until the kids constantly on their phones now have kids who will constantly be on their phone. Oh, but wait, to make babies you can`t be on your phone, that will be a big problem for them........lol
 
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Two children - 48 & 27 (two marriages) Son (48) was like me - ready to take driving exam the day he turned 16. Daughter had to be pushed and prodded into it after college graduation. She is a good driver and sensitive to car behavior (just helped her buy a VW Golf) but really does not like driving. The suburban location of both her residence and workplace demand it. Her preference would be city living & work and public transportation.
 
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Below 30 or so the interest in driving has waned as you experienced. I imagine the daughter is on the phone much than the son.
 
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You watch...in 25 years, self-driving cars will be fairly common and city kids won't know how to drive. But, they will be able to summon an Uber or Lyft on their phone. They will also think that it is normal and an electric car will be common.
 
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Exactly
 
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So my 22 y/o son comes home for Christmas noting his '00 S40 isn't getting good gas mileage and seems sluggish. I had noticed this over Thanksgiving when I borrowed the car for a run to the store - so one of his presents was new plugs, coils, wires and ignition wire harness, and I had the parts waiting for his visit. 3 hours in the garage (the loom for the harness is kind of a pain to work with) I had it all buttoned up. Turned the key and it fires up purring. After his 3 hour drive back to Boston he texts me say the car used about a gallon less gas and was smooth going up the hills on I-84. He then suggested next time I work on the car, he wants to watch and learn. Maybe there's hope in the new year?
 
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Old 01-02-2019, 03:12 PM
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Nope, he will soon realize he can`t play with phone if working on car and it will make his fingers too sore to text
 
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I think it depends on Geo location. In many countries children want to have driver license
 
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Well, it depends. I'm, for one, really keen on cars, driving. It's very exciting. Both spending time in a garage and on highways. By the way, I'm going to upgrade my car a bit. I found this site https://reviewseye.com/ where you can find reviews on different stuff. For example, car seats or led lights. I'm going to consider the given options.
 
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