A means of transportation will always be an important part of any busy life and living without a car could be both a good and bad thing. What if you’re not in a position to buy a vehicle, or you want to think of a better way to get to and from where you need to be?
Have you been thinking about living without a car for a while now, but you’re not sure how to make it work? There are more options out there for you now than there have ever been, and you’ll be glad to know there’s choices for you. Getting around without your own car can be done easily!
There are several reasons why one might decide not to get or to give up their vehicle:
- Reducing the carbon footprint. It’s no big surprise that all vehicles let off toxic fumes that reduce the air quality and rip holes in the ozone layer. For some, the choice is made to better the environment.
- Getting in better shape. Forcing yourself to walk or bike to and from work, especially if you live in a city environment, will definitely benefit your wellbeing. Exercising on a regular basis is a very good idea and commuting on foot or bike will certainly whip your body into better shape.
- They don’t have a driver’s license. It’s fairly easy to become a licensed driver, but for some people it’s just not the reality of things. You won’t be able to get behind the wheel of a car without a license and if someone isn’t ready to test yet, they’ll need some other way to get around.
Still for others, having a car means spending a lot of money keeping it well maintained. Besides shelling out cash constantly for gas or paying insurance on your vehicle every month, there will always be repairs to make as time passes and it could turn into a money pit very quickly if something were to go terribly wrong. Deciding to forgo these expenses could save you a lot while allowing you to find other ways to travel.
Public transportation is one of the best ways to get around when you don’t have a car, so long as the public transit system in your area is good enough. If you live in a bigger city, you probably won’t run into any problems getting anywhere you need to go. Research fare cards and special discounts you might qualify for as a frequent commuter or student. Use all of the resources available to you through your local transit system to avoid any mistakes or misunderstandings.
If you live in a smaller city with less buses running less often, a bike will be your best friend. Of course biking will bring in the question of safety and you want to make sure you have proper lights for night riding and a sturdy helmet to wear while you ride at any time. Follow the rules of the road and always keep your eyes open. Most people generally watch out for bikers, so you shouldn’t have any problems riding in most areas. Not only will you get good exercise, but you’ll also get an energy boost that can sustain you through the day.
Carpooling might also be an option for you. If you live close to a friend or two that you work with, you all might decide to split fuel costs while one of you drives to the office. If there’s more than one vehicle, different people can take turns driving on different days. There are other services that allow you to “borrow” a car to drive whenever you need it. You pay a membership fee to have access to a vehicle you can drive whenever you need it. You can always take a taxi or car service if you don’t feel like walking or riding the bus and you could even rent a car if you have a lot of errands or a special trip for a weekend.
It might seem like a challenge at first, but you can make a change to a more pedestrian lifestyle with a little hard work and determination. You don’t know how much you’ll be able to achieve until you actually take the leap and if you do give up your car, you’re only saving yourself money and a lot of excess hassle along the way. And besides, living without a car could be a whole lot of fun!