Toot! Toot! ARGHHHHH! Beep! Beep!

Train fares going up.  Tickets being ruined by the very machines designed to read them and let you through the barriers.  Commuting hell.

The time has come, my friends, for me to learn to drive.

I’ve applied for my provisional driving licence (albeit the DVLA web site kept throwing up multiple technical errors and I had to redo the application twice), and once that’s done, I’ll be seeking to learn to drive an automatic motor vehicle.

Why automatic?  Why not learn on a manual?  Well, two reasons.  As technology improves, the humble motor car is fast becoming a computer on wheels.  We’re almost, but not quite, at the stage of driverless cars.  I’d imagine that even a reasonable cheap and cheerful automatic car has enough gubbins to work out an efficient way of managing fuel and other whatnots associated with getting the driver from A to B.

Plus, while I’m sure most experienced drivers do not have to even think about the clutch and what gear they’re in – I’d rather get up to speed quickly and just concentrate avoiding idiot drivers and getting to my destination in the quickest and easiest way possible without having to worry about what gear I’m in, or the dreaded clutch pedal.

Let’s just hope I fare better than this:

Or encounter road rage: