5 compelling reasons to drive less

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Why drive less

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Most people drive every day. From driving to work, to the grocery store, to visiting friends, you might think you would be lost without your car. But is that the reality? Mine recently stopped working – yup! – so I had to get creative with ways to get around when I had appointments or somewhere else to go. The reality is that sometimes the car is the only transport option, but not always. A lot of folks drive more than they need to, but here are five great reasons why you ought to make the effort to drive less.

1. Avoid accidents

When you’re a regular driver, it doesn’t feel dangerous. Driving is second nature to you after many years, and you know what you’re doing on the road. However, you cannot account for the same good behavior and concentration of other drivers.

It only takes one drunk driver or person on their cellphone to cause a fatal accident (and, for truck incidents, see a local truck accident attorney). Getting into a car accident isn’t pleasant. Avoid the possibility by driving less – especially during busy times.

2. Be more active

Lots of people are guilty of driving to places that are within a walkable distance. But those who drive everywhere are generally less physically fit than those who walk to their destinations instead.

Many people try to do at least ten thousand steps a day. But that isn’t going to happen if you’re sitting in the car.

So, embrace fitness and ditch the automobile. Walking or cycling to work, for example, means that you get your daily workout without having to pay for a gym membership.

3. Drive less to save money

Cars are expensive. Period. Fuel is pricey, parking can be extortionate, and your vehicle always seems to need an expensive repair right before payday. Think of all the money you could save if you make the conscious effort to drive less.

Over the longterm, your car would likely last longer if you use it less. Plus, you could spend the parking and gas money you save each month on a treat for yourself. Everyone wins.

4. Protect the environment

It’s common knowledge that driving has a terrible impact on the environment. Car pollution is one of the major causes of global warming. That’s because most vehicles emit carbon dioxide and other harmful gases.

So, do your bit for the environment by driving less. Sure, taking a car to work might be unavoidable – but do you need to drive on weekends?

Or could carpooling with those who are in your bubble be a solution? Alternatively, consider taking public transport now and then.

Try to do activities that are close to home on your days off too as a way to avoid having to turn on the ignition. Each person is responsible for the well-being of the planet.

5. Reduce stress by driving less

Driving can be stressful, even for those who are confident and experienced behind the wheel. There’s nothing worse than being a 20-minute walk from home and finding yourself stuck in a traffic jam.

On the other hand, some people say that they find a commute via train or subway much less stressful. They can sit back, relax and read a book.

Taking this time for themselves instead of stressing about traffic can be a life changer. Walking is a great stress-reliever, too, so avoid the jam-packed roads and drive less.

This post is also available in: French

8 COMMENTS

  1. I gave up having a car, about 20 years ago. I moved to an area that has a market type street, that is very enjoyable for shopping, and there are 2 farmers’ markets in walking distance. The odd time I have to travel out of my hood, I use public transportation. Although during the pandemic, I have stopped using it until the riders all mask up. If I work on a film, they supply the car.
    I certainly do not miss all the costs of car ownership. Getting rid of the car is the second best thing I’ve done for myself in my life. # 1 is becoming a vegetarian.
    This is a great post, Christy!

  2. You have listed some very good reasons to drive less often. Air quality has been better in most places around the world as a side-effect from the pandemic with more people staying at home. Stay well and safe! Keep producing your excellent posts!

  3. Really enjoyed reading these reasons to drive less, Christy. I think it’s great driving less can improve our well-being. Walking or cycling is an easy form or exercise and easily doable if we set aside some time for it. So many of us live very tiring or exhausting busy lives, and that can make driving a bit more dangerous. Personally I try to avoid driving when I can and really prefer getting around on foot if possible.

    • Like you, I prefer walking when I can do so Mabel. It’s a busy life and slowing down from it all with a walk in nature is an amazing way to enjoy the day. Plus, fresh air when we’re stuck at home so much lately is wonderful. I hope you are staying safe xx

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