No Wheels, No Headaches: The Benefits of Giving Up Car Ownership

by James Hendrickson on February 18, 2016 · 0 comments

key-949094_640Driving is a privilege and not a right of American citizens, so why not escape a number of headaches and do away with the notion?  Sure, there are advantages to owning a car but there are more than a few reasons why not owning a car is a blessing.  For some, no wheels equals zero headaches.

No Traffic Jams

Who enjoys sitting in traffic?  There is a reason that humans have coined the term ‘road rage.’  Imagine a life where you don’t sit, wait, and smell fumes, a life where you don’t get cut off, given obscene gestures, and don’t have to stress over trifling matters on the road.  You can’t measure stress but you can definitely feel it.  Those who disown their wheels report a relief in not having to deal with stresses of the road.

Increased Safety

People are afraid of silly and outlandish things such as getting bitten by a shark or being struck by lightning.  It’s much more likely that you will be hurt or killed while driving in a car.  Car accidents are among the top causes of death in the world.  In many cases, you can’t control getting sick or contracting a disease, but you can decide whether you drive or not.

Avoid a Bad Investment

If you buy a home and take care of it, it’s likely that you will get your money back.  Once you buy a car and drive it off the lot, you’ve already lost money.  Owning a car is a lot like paying rent; you gain an immediate need yet you’ll never get the money back, and when you consider paying for gas, oil changes, and maintenance, you’re constantly losing money.

Don’t Get Tickets

Do you know what else costs money?  Paying for tickets, violations, and increased insurance charges.  If you don’t have a car, you can’t get a ticket and you won’t need to pay for car insurance.  In worse scenarios, those who enjoy cocktails place themselves (and others) in jeopardy by getting behind the wheel.  While it’s against the law to drive under the influence of alcohol, it happens all the time.  Without a car, you won’t have to deal with driving drunk or being on the road with drunk drivers.

Save the Environment

Global warming is a real thing.  Manufacturing and car emissions add to the problem.  Sure, carpooling and driving a hybrid car helps, but those who don’t have a car are truly creating a better environment for all people.  It’s astounding to learn what kind of a carbon footprint drivers put on the planet.

Access Many Alternatives

Decades ago, if you didn’t have a car and lived in the suburbs or a rural area, you were placed in a difficult situation.  These days, a person living in the suburbs or rural area can get around just as easily as those living in the city.  Plus, the Internet is a resource for a number of coupons like this Uber promo code.

Enjoy Better Health

When you don’t have a car, you partake in other means of transportation, such as walking or riding a bicycle.  To some, those seem like inconveniences yet there is no doubt that walking and riding a bike is way healthier.  A significant portion of the population is obese and overweight.  Try to find an overweight person who regularly walks or rides a bike – it will be a bit difficult!

Embrace Society

Though people are everywhere on the road, when you’re in that steel box, it’s easy to become disconnected from society.  You turn on the music, keep your eyes on the road, and dismiss the world and people around you.  However, those who take public transportation or walk create more opportunity to interact with others.  It’s especially useful for those who are introverted, live alone, or do not have a lot of friends.  Putting oneself in a position to meet and greet others changes one’s perspective and makes it easier to be outgoing.

Invest Money

Consider how much money is required to own a car.  Let’s say that an ongoing payment would cost about $200.  Additionally, car insurance could be at least $100 per month.  Throw in the amount of gas and maintenance, and you’re looking at about $300 to $400 per month.  Imagine if you invested that amount of money each month; a conservative interest rate would earn you hundreds to thousands of additional dollars per year!  If you can spare the money you would otherwise spend on a car, invest the money and earn rather than lose cash.

Chad Fonger has been driving for rideshare companies for many years including for services such as Lyft and Uber. He strives towards sharing his experiences and helpful information with his popular comprehensive blog, which goes in-depth about the dynamic and ever-growing rideshare industry and share economy smartphone applications.

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