I suspect that most readers will say chauffeur for the daily monotonous commutes in the luxury mobile but self-drive for weekends and nights in the supercar. But let's say (somewhat artificially) that you could only pick one of the two. Which would you prioritize?
The answer is clear in my head, at least. For a petrolhead (wannabe?), nothing beats driving it myself. Whatever it may be; whether it is a Roller or a humble Toyota. I want to drive them all. Myself.
And my reason is simple. Step into a moving automobile and I become somewhat of a control freak. While riding along as a passenger, I have to constantly remind myself that if I still cherished being able to ride on public buses or taxis or even still wanted to have friends that I ought not to open my mouth and morph into a backseat driver. The result is that being driven about, in anyway, is not a pleasant experience for me (and sometimes my driver).
And when I add in the fact that I actually enjoy the experience of driving and would drive for the sake of driving as opposed to going places, it is a no-brainer.
At this point you are probably thinking that this is all a hypothetical exercise in time wasting. But this is actually a decision that many Singaporeans are confronted with (on a reasonably frequent basis). Every time we step out of our sunny shores into foreign nations, this is actually a crucial decision we make. Do we rely on a local driver or do we fire up the gps and rent a car? Or do we rely on their public transport?
What would be your default choice?