I did not expect to begin my car free month a few weeks ago. My intention was to be car free for a pre-determined period of time (preferably one where I would have little need for my car). Well, as they say, the best laid plans, right? I discovered that I needed a new tire and between life and how infrequently I use my car, just didn’t make the time to take care of it for a few weeks. In the interest of full disclosure, I should say that my boyfriend has a car and often has a hankering to drive me places. So it wasn’t as if I was totally stranded. But I did not drive my car for almost a month and I came to a couple conclusions about living a car-free life.
- It’s really not that big of a deal. Particularly in a major city like DC, it is increasingly easy to get around without a car. I used bikeshare to travel to my gym, grocery store and events. I took metro and used my two feet to get to work. It does take more time planning routes when you are relying solely on public transportation. You have to be aware that metro delays
canwill affect your commute.
- It sure is nice having a friend who likes to drive you places. I have to say, it was great to have someone run to the grocery store with me so I could actually stock up on items without worrying how I was going to be able to bike home with food + wine in a backpack (totally possible, by the way).
I have quite a few friends who don’t have cars and they manage fine. I’ve thought a few times about selling my car, but I keep it for a couple reasons. I have Sasha dog and it’s much easier to take her to my parents if I can drive. Also, my car is paid for and it doesn’t cost me that much to keep it. Lastly, it is convenient. Not just for me, but for my friends who I sometimes let borrow my car. So while I definitely could live without a car, for the time being, I’m happy that I don’t have to live without one.