Friday, December 7, 2012
America is in love with cars! And the rest of the world is trying to catch up. I don't see this as a good thing. Cars are expensive! I think it's one of the main reasons people can't get ahead financially. I live a car-lite lifestyle. If I don't have to drive I don't drive. I walk and take the bus if I can. A lot of people just think of gas as the main expense of owning a car. Oh but it's much more than that. How about maintenance, repairs, tickets, accidents, insurance, auto club, parking, just to name some big ones. I understand that it's hard to survive without a car. It seems the only place this is doable in the US is in the northeast which is very expensive to live overall. I really would like to go car-free. But there are times when the bus in my city is just not that efficient, so I keep the car for those times. Personally I don't like driving. I find it to be stressful. You never know what those crazies are going to do on the road once you get out there. There are a lot of lawsuits and settlements when it comes to driving too. I wish we had better local, regional, and national public transportation than we do. I do the best I can though. If I can keep the miles off my older car I will. Much of it is just a mindset though. That's the part that's maybe the hardest to change. I tell people I take the bus when I have a car, and they look at my like I have two heads. There's also a stigma of not having a car which is totally stupid. I wish the stigma was reversed. I'm doing my best to minimize transportation expenses and ease the busyness of our roads.