This post is inspired by Smitha last post. Long post as per my standards. So alert to whoever it matters! 😉
My struggle to get a driving license in Dubai has been well documented. It took me 6 driving tests, 10 months & more than 12,000 bucks (approx USD 4000)! Infact there was a time, all my posts on this blog used to be about the driving license. And with my baby coming, I was getting too desperate. But ever since I got it last November, I’ve not spoken much about the post-license experience. And when Smitha did a post on drives, it got me charged.
Driving was always a passion for me. But somewhere deep down inside, I was scared of it too. Not scared of driving per se but because I’ve lost a few friends to road accidents, one of them a best friend.
So it was quite natural for me to get into this whole driving thing with some fears and/or apprehensions. But surviving in Dubai is impossible without a license. Eitherways, when I finally did take the wheel, it has been like second nature for me. Everything fell into place. As if it was meant to be. And luckily, I’ve driven some fantastic cars. Initially, I had my elder brother’s car in my hands coz he was on vacation. It was a Merc E230. I also drove my other brother’s car every now and then. He drives a Merc E240. Both are awesome machines. And then there’s my dad car which is a Nissan Tiida. But why so much emphasis on driving and cars? Well, my commute to work daily is 250 km!!! 🙂
I live in Abu Dhabi with my family while my work is in Dubai. Both are two different cities. Abu Dhabi is the capital of UAE while Dubai can be called the commercial capital. Distance between Abu Dhabi and Dubai is 150 KM. Luckily my work is in the outskirts of Dubai mainland commonly known as New Dubai now. So a round trip to work and back is exactly 250 km! My only respite is, though the distance is long, it takes around 1 hr 5 min to 1 hr 15 min depending on traffic conditions and driving speeds. But I still spend 2.5 hrs daily on the highway. Thats 1/12th of my life 😦
Oh well. So when finally it was time for me to purchase a car, it had to be one that could sustain this kind of grueling driving regime – long distances, high speeds! And thus came Audi in the picture. Medium sized car, fantastic pickup (0-60 < 3 sec & 0-100 < 5 sec!), stability on high speeds (I’ve hit 230 kph as well but highway cameras are programmed at 160 kph, so thats the standard driving speed), great music system and, last but not the least, style! 😉 I got all these with my A6.
Overall, I’ve really enjoyed this post-license period. Love my time behind the wheel. Ofcourse get frustrated sometimes with the long hours. But I guess it does come with a few drawbacks. Wifey says I’ve become more aggressive and abusive on the road (I guess thats part of the package). It is also taking a toll on my lower back.
But, all in all, its been fun driving around. And looking forward to more (I’m already decided on my next car! ;))