[Caution: This article was written with a grumpy face]
I don’t like cars.
Well, that’s not entirely true, I think cars are pretty incredible and I love that I have one to drive every day. I’m not really a “car guy” but I do have an appreciation for the aesthetic and the technological workings.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that there are things I don’t like about cars, or more specifically I don’t like two things about cars: driving them*, and how much money is required to continue to do so.
You see, nearly three weeks ago I was in an automobile accident. It was relatively minor and all, but it still did enough damage to my car that I will need to pay my insurance company’s full deposit, which is money that I really didn’t plan on throwing away, but here we are.
And so I can’t help but wonder why we, as a car-focused society, choose to pay thousands of dollars in order to possess machines that are not only dangerous to us, but also to the environment, and that obligate us to spend more money just to keep them running.
Out of this frustration I am mostly just finding I wish I had a convenient, reliable public transportation option, which to me seems like a no brainer, but is a thing my city has not apparently been able to produce. I am aware we have a bus system, but as I was growing up I knew it to be unreliable and difficult to find, and I have no indication that this state of affairs has changed.
I don’t mean to beat the idea into the ground, but I think we would all be better off if so much of the world, especially America, didn’t require us to drive individually. Whenever I move, a public transportation system will be high on my list of considerations, which may mean I am moving out of the country.
However, to be fair it’s not like every other country has better ideas: I am planning on traveling to China in a few months, and while I certainly won’t be driving while I am there, it will be mostly out of fear**.
*= I actually like driving just fine, I would just prefer to do it without the rest of you on the road, doing stupid things. Also inconveniently-timed stoplights, those can go as well.
**= China lacks what they would call “good driving manners,” and what we would call “rules we follow so that we don’t run each other over.”