Why You Should Always Drive Yourself To A First Date

###What’s dating in L.A. really like? Megan Sayers will shed some light on this question for us in her weekly L.A. Actually column. Read the first one here.

Whether you’ve met online, through mutual friends or in the middle of a crowded bar, first dates are always a bit nerve-wracking. What will you talk about? Who picks up the tab? What can you order at dinner that won’t get stuck in your teeth?

But there’s one crucial decision that any woman who lives in Los Angeles has to make well before it’s time to choose the appetizers:

Do you drive yourself or do you let him pick you up?*

In other cities, this dilemma doesn’t exist — or at least, it’s far less of a consideration. Thanks to the joys of public transportation, it’s standard protocol to hop on the subway or cab it to the restaurant.

Not here. L.A.’s car-and-only-car culture means that 99.9% of the time, at least one party on the date is driving. I’ve heard friends make some compelling arguments for riding shotgun:

“Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I think the guy should always pick you up.”

There are certain men in this town who are laboring under the delusion women are impressed by reckless disregard for the rules of the road. We are not.

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