Lauren brings us the dos and don'ts for driving to college, city road rage and finding the cheapest and closest spaces. If you look at the DIT website for directions to the college, you will find that it provides bus routes, train routes, walking routes and cycling routes. There is no option to drive. Perhaps they’re encouraging environmentally friendly behaviour from their students, or perhaps they believe that anyone who chooses to drive to a campus located in Dublin City Centre must be nuts! Driving to college was always on the agenda. I never once considered taking the bus or Luas because what’s the point of having a car if you can’t use it? For me, being without my car is like being without my phone, it’s like a part of me is missing. So I drive into college every day. First thing I needed to do before starting my course back in September 2013 was to plan my route. I knew traffic would be heavy in the mornings so I would need to leave my house pretty early. My first three chosen routes were disasters. Even though I left my house two hours before my first class, I always wound up being late. Finally, I found a route that could get me to campus between an hour and an hour and a half, so plan carefully. Once your route is set, be prepared for a lot of stopping and starting, both going in and coming home, depending on your schedule. You may not know this, but city driving eats up more petrol than country driving, so you may need to top up more than once a week, again, depending on how many days you’re in college for. Road rage is inevitable. Other drivers will test your patience and vice versa. I find that listening to music helps, or perhaps you love listening to the drive-time shows. It keeps you distracted, but not so distracted that your driving is impaired, instead it distracts you from the pure ‘dickheadedness’ of every impatient driver you’ll encounter. Don’t be surprised if your clutch foot and left shoulder ache. With all the braking you’ll be doing, your clutch foot will be constantly pressing down on the pedal and the left shoulder pain comes from constantly changing gears. Finally you reach your campus, but there’s no student parking. I attend Aungier Street campus so I have to park in St Stephen’s Green multi-story Q Park, which allows students to pay just €7 a day so long as you stamp your ticket in the college before returning to your car. From there it’s a five-minute walk to campus. You might wonder if driving into college is actually worth all of this. There are plenty of benefits of course. No need to wait in the cold, wind or rain for buses, trains or the Luas. You won’t have some stranger who sits next to you even though there are plenty of other free seats around you! And when you’re home, you’re home, there’s no walking 10-20 minutes from the bus/train/Luas stop. What more could you wish for?