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Why We Drive Fast

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  1. UroTrash

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    I have often thought about the almost compulsive need I have to get in a sportscar or especially a motorcycle and just DRIVE. I have come to the conclusion that the drive is deep seated in my psyche, and may very well have roots in survival and fostered by evolutionary pressure.

    I think that the need for the feeling of movement and traveling may have roots in primative nomadic society. I will propose that the members that were more willing to travel may have had a survival advantage (and reproductive advantage) and therefore the urge to travel may be inborn in many of us.

    So, the compulsion to travel, and travel rapidly may have a deep instintual basis on or near the same magnitude as the instinct for sex, warmth, companionship, food gathering, etc. There may be a very real survival advantage imparted by this trait.

    So, in driving fast, I think we are satisfying an instinctual need that we have no control over. We are animals in our basic nature and I think this is a clear example of a primal drive displaced in the modern world.



    Or, maybe we just like to drive fast.
     
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  3. MARQ

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    Interesting post. Playboy magazine did an article (had to be 10-12 years ago) which discussed the same thing i.e., why we like to drive/drive fast and what is going on in your body/senses when you do that. It was called something like 'The Anatomy of Speed' and was most a interesting read. I've been searching for the article, so that I could reread it, for a couple o' years but have yet to come across it.
    Your 'primitive roots' theory is interesting and probably has some merit to it.
     
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    I'll tell your wife that's why you are looking through Playboys every night! :)
     
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    Hey, she's bought that excuse for years!

    However, if I do come across the article, I'll pass it on. In the meantime, I'll just forward the issues to you!!!
     
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    :)
     
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    For me, it's simple... i'm left-brained... but everything on the RIGHT side of my body is controlled by the left side of my brain; i use my RIGHT foot on the gas pedal, viola...! Simple as that...

    Of course, another theory, summed in one sentence by a close friend of mine a few years ago, while out ZIIIIIIIIPING through traffic on the parkway:
    "Who or what are you running away from...?" The answer was myself, but that theory is, more or less, the hypothetical path less taken with topics like this... :))
     

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