You shouldn't get caught in random battles if you stick to the sidewalks. And I must agree with silverdragonn completely. Do it or don't. Not to sound rude, but honestly, we don't care. I have a friend that I want to say the same thing to. Almost every time I log on she says "I'm going to quit." However, the next day, she's there again.
Anyway, remember, stay to the side and you'll be fine. Except in Marleybone, but that's another story.
You really shouldn't quit, Wizard101 is a SUPER fun game!! Its a shame you haven't realized its true awesomeness. I can help you with any questions or problems if you want. The wizard I frequently use is Erica BlueBlossom, and you can find me in crowded realms. If you really want to talk to me, just reply to me back and maybe we can work something out. :)
Hi gavinrt, I can relate to how frustrating it is to keep getting drawn into fights when you don't want them. I play on a wireless connection so sometimes my commands are slow to be transmitted and I find myself caught in fights too.
The way to get out of it if you don't want to do the fight is quit and come back.
I hit the C key to change to the control screen, hit Quit, wait a few seconds and hit play. Sometimes you have to do this a few times to get out of the fight but eventually I am free.
You can't do this in a dungeon but at least you can get out of fights without penalty (which is what happens when you flee) when you're moving around on streets.
Things will get better in time so stay with the game. There are so many fun challenges ahead of you in Wizard101.
I see how you it can be annoying but this is the silliest reason to quit Wizard101. There are millions of players that have gotten into battles they don't want to. Gavinrt, this is not a great reason to quit.