We’ve been living without a car for about four years, ever since we moved to Asia. Living without a car is liberating in some ways and a drawback in others. Is it worth switching to greener modes of transport, or do you have to absolutely live with a car? Read on to find out more.
North America is a car culture and if you don’t live in a city, getting around town can be complicated if you don’t own a car. That being said, we’ve always lived in cities, from smaller ones to bigger ones. Most towns have a public transport system of some kind and we’ve enjoyed our morning commute, if it’s not too long. Anything between 15 to 40 minutes is bearable. Anything longer eats up too much of your time. Taking a bike to work is also a good idea, if the commute isn’t too long.
Subways and buses work pretty well all over the world. In the most congested cities of the world, you wouldn’t want to own a car. Yes, grocery shopping can most definitely be a pain, but it can be managed, thanks to public transport, roommates, or scooters.
There are many benefits of not owning a car. First off, you don’t have any car payments or insurance to pay. That saves you quite a bundle every single month. You don’t really care too much about fluctuating gas prices either. Armed with a subway or bus pass, you’ll enjoy a slightly longer but more relaxed commute. If driving stresses you out in the mornings, this could be an interesting switch. Also, you’ll never get stuck in a traffic jam again, which is pretty cool.
Not having a car complicates matters, especially if you’ve got colder months in your part of the country. Heavy snowfalls mean that you can’t take your bike, your motorcycle, or your scooter. This means that you’re dependent on public transport and getting rides. While public transport is generally good, it can get complicated if you go out at night. You’ll end up having a curfew of some sort to catch the last train home. Luckily, there are some night buses that usually make the situation bearable. If you’re planning on buying larger items or picking up stuff, you’ll need a friend who has a car.
One of the main benefits of using public transport is that you have some extra time to work, relax, or sleep. I usually spent time reading or working on my morning commute. It’s easy to get some stuff done in these lost minutes.