I enjoy driving, but I’m not one of those guys who have a favorite route they drive every day just to check on the same people and places while they’re burning gas that costs way too much. Since I’ve started making my living by the written word and doing most of my work from home in the middle of a small town, I found I didn’t really need a car all that much. I figured out that I could use my wife’s car if a big emergency came along, and if I need to drive somewhere for my work, I could just rent a car and eliminate that $20,000 white elephant that sat in my garage. So I sold my car and started living life instead of worrying about paying for something I didn’t really need.
Benefits of the Car-Free Life
Now, I realize that going car-free isn’t for everyone. Americans are renowned for their love of the automobile and a lot of people who might not be crazy about cars still have to have one for their work commute or other necessities of life. I’m one of the fortunate ones who don’t have to have a car and the benefits just keep getting better.
Since I sold my car, I walk somewhere just about every day unless the weather prevents me from getting outside. I’ve lost over ten pounds and I’ve met a lot of nice people in and around my neighborhood. I especially enjoy walking into town to buy a few groceries at the locally run market and I’ve started having lunch with some old and new friends at the downtown deli almost every Thursday. I think this kind of social interaction is a great way to stay in touch with friends and bolster mental health.
I easily save three hundred dollars a month just by the absence of a car payment and not having to buy gas for it. It also eliminates the wear and tear on a vehicle that would sooner or later lead to repairs and eventually to an auto dealer and the dreaded negotiation I’d have to go through just to purchase a new overpriced car. I can happily put that extra money to good use by paying more on our mortgage and springing for an extra vacation.
Try It, You Might Like It
If you can, I highly recommend you try to make a go of it without a car. It’s nice to be freed from the bondage of something that’s just going to cause problems down the road.