My home is just about 3 km from my work. A few days back, I offered my colleague a ride home (that is about 21 km) because I was heading a place (Manly) near her home (maybe about 2-3 km before her home). The following exchange went like so:
Me: I am driving down to Manly. Would you like me to give you a ride?
Her: I am ok to come with you, but I have to take a bus from Manly. So I prefer to take the public transport from here.
I am trying to figure whether she was just trying to avoid the ride but being polite in rejecting it, or if that really was the only reason.
I mean I wouldn't mind driving a couple of extra kilometers to drop her home (I love to drive, plus I would love her company). Though, at that time I didn't tell her that, so that she doesn't think that I am forcing.
The next time I am headed that way, how could I offer again and explain that, without making her feel pressured if her response was just a polite way to say she wasn't interested?