Just the title of this article makes many people shudder. The thought of not having a car or not driving is maddening. Driving equals independence, right? Having a car is a status symbol. Being able to drive is a rite of passage. On the other side of the coin, there are so many reasons why we should not drive or do not need to drive.
I do not drive.
Simply put, it is for health reasons. I have epilepsy. Legally, I am not allowed to drive in my state unless I am seizure free for six months and cleared by my doctor. I have done neither. So, thus, I do not drive. It is a health benefit for me and other drivers for me to be off the road. God forbid I have a seizure while driving. I would never want to put my life or another person’s life at that risk. There are many other health related reasons why people should not drive: poor vision, alcohol/drug abuse, hard of hearing, narcolepsy, etc.
Due to my not driving, I do not require a car. By not having a car, it will release the financial burden of owning a car. I will not have to worry about additional car insurance, yearly taxes and tags fees, and gas prices. Not paying for an additional car is an added benefit to not being allowed to drive.
Anyone who does not own a car must find transportation in another way. Depending on where you live will determine what is available to you (train, bus, bike, taxis). I live in a very small town, thus my options are extremely limited. At this time, I am fortunate enough to have family and friends who are willing and who I can rely on to provide my transportation. This can be challenging, at times, as I am always at the disposal of another person. However, I look at it another way. I feel lucky to have people in my life that care so much about me and are so willing to help me out. I would return the favor, if I could.
Maybe one day I will drive again. However, today (and for the foreseeable future) I am not driving. The decision is the best, healthiest decision for me. And for that, I am perfectly fine with not having a car.