Car ownership sets the young on road to real world

Car ownership sets the young on road to real world

After the exhilaration of passing the driving test and being given a licence, many young people want to own a set of wheels ("Desire to own cars still strong among the young"; last Sunday).

The freedom that comes with owning a car, in being able to travel anywhere one likes, is tempting and hard to resist.

Of course, reality sets in quickly after buying a car. The hefty financial burden incurred and the problem of being caught in a traffic gridlock are no longer hearsay.

I have been through this rite of passage myself. It is like a baptism of fire.

That said, the experience of owning a car is invaluable. For the young, it is akin to an invitation to enter the real world that they are just beginning to experience.

Seah Yam Meng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 18, 2016, with the headline 'Car ownership sets the young on road to real world'. Print Edition | Subscribe