Reasons to Ditch Your Car

Auto - Cars
By: cuteordeath    
14-Mar-2011

Introduction:I'm lucky enough to have never owned a car (or even driven one), and I reap the benefits every day. I realise it's difficult for many people in America to not have a car, but difficult doesn't mean impossible, and there are definitely some great points to living car-free.

  • 01

    Save (Lots Of) Money

    Cars are expensive. Even if you are able to avoid interest by paying for your car all at once, there are still insurance fees, repair costs, gas, and more. Cars eat up a lot of money.

    And hey, if you start walking and/or bike riding more, you can cancel your gym membership, too.

  • 02

    Never Worry About Parking

    Parking is not only a pain (in the city anyway), it's an expensive pain. I live in San Francisco, where parking is next to impossible. I love being able to go to events without having to worry about getting a ticket or refilling a meter.

    Oh yeah, you won't have to worry about traffic or bridge tolls, either.

  • 03

    Freedom from the Oil Market

    Gas prices fluctuate like crazy, and then you have the whole guilt of relying on foreign oil thing to deal with. The only thing I use gas stations for is buying the occasional bag of Skittles.

  • 04

    Increase Your Self-Reliance

    When's the last time you memorized a phone number? Advances in technology are great, but they've caused a significant amount of brain-melting in humans; if you rely on your car's GPS to get around, what's going to happen when it fails and you realise you have no idea where you are? Hitting the pavement with your feet or a bike means you'll have better awareness of your city (and you're more likely to discover an awesome cupcake shop.)

  • 05

    Eco-Friendly

    Well, it's pretty obvious that driving less (or not at all) is better for the environment. Between oil drilling disasters and noxious emissions, car-based societies are pretty detrimental to the health of the earth. Cars also require a great deal of water to produce in the first place.




Final Thoughts

Get a bike, get a bus pass, or just use your trusty legs to get around. If you really can't live without a car (I know not everyone lives in a place with good public transit, or you may live very far from your job), at least get a fuel-efficient hybrid and carpool whenever possible.


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