Say "NO" To Driving A Car. Here Are The Best Alternatives
No, I'm not going to talk to you about ecology. I do care about the nature but I know how boring it is when people start talking about how your way of living is bad for ecology. Come on, if we have to sacrifice our lifestyle, we could go back in the caves as well.
No, I'll talk about money. Driving a car is one of the worst things you are doing to your budget. If you think your car is an asset, you are very very wrong. Unless you are a taxi driver. Your car is huge liability. Here is why:
First, the fuel costs. Use this calculator to figure out how much a trip in the country is going to cost you with the current fuel prices. And that's not all, not at all.
How much does your car cost? $20k? How much do you use it? Perhaps 10 thousand miles per year at best. So for its life of about 10 years your car will serve you for 100 thousand miles. Which means you should add 20 cents per mile for the cost of the car itself. 20 cents each and every mile!
Then add the repair. Each year there is something to repair or something to pay to support the car. Motor oil. Winter tires. Antifreeze. Brake fluid...
And then add the taxes, the price of your driver license, the fines you have to pay...
Your car is a treasure you know. But it's the treasure that you have paid twice for.
So, what can you do?
Use The Taxi
Depending on where you live and how much you drive, using a taxi can cost you less than driving your own car. And they said taxis were expensive!
Obviously the less often you need to drive, the higher your cost per mile is and the more beneficial is to use a taxi.
But even if we assume that both costs are nearly equal, using a taxi is better. Your hands and eyes are free during the travel - you can work and make money in that time, or you can read the news or a book, you can sleep , or you can simply watch out of the window and have rest. This is so much better than getting nervous in the traffic.
Use Public Transportation
Yes, I know it's less comfortable but it's often faster, especially if there is a metro line on your route. And again, you can just take rest while travelling instead of "working", being the driver.
And it's cheaper especially compared to driving your car alone. It can be 2-5 times cheaper than using the car.
Ride a Motorcycle
Commodity motorcycles cost 10 times less than a car. Operational costs and taxes are lower, parking fees are lower, fuel consumption is 2-4 times lower.
Riding a motorcycle is fun and cool, and costs in general 3-4 times less than driving a car. It's hard to beat that, isn't it?
Ride a Bicycle
If you want to take saving to the extreme, riding a bicycle is the way to go. It costs nearly nothing - a basic bicycle can be bought for $250 and there are practically no ongoing costs. And no fuel costs too.
On top on that, riding a bicycle is fun and good for your body.
If you definitely prefer the comfort of the car, think about carpooling. Sharing your can with 1 or 2 more persons can save a lot on fuel costs. And if you turn sharing into long term relationship, your fellows can share some of the operational costs too.
And you'll still own your car if you want that so much.
Let's not forget we have legs. Do you really need to drive for 2 miles distance? It's called walking distance, my friend, exactly because you are supposed to walk, and not drive.
And walking is free - you need nothing but shoes. Although I'm pretty sure you are driving your car with shoes too. So compared to driving a car walking is billion times cheaper.
Can you beat that?
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