Is life without cars possible?
Yes of course it is. We’ve lived without cars for the majority of our history and did fairly well.
But is it desirable? What would happen, good or bad?
In this article, we’ll give some opinions and try to shed some light on the whole topic.
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LIFE WITHOUT CARS-WHAT WOULD HAPPEN?
Let’s try to imagine that all of a sudden something happens that stops people from using their cars.
What would in fact happen?
Would the world stop? No.
Would it be proclaimed as some sort of catastrophe? No, I don’t really think so.
There would, of course, be some commotion at the beginning but eventually, people would find a way to go about their daily business.
But would they be able to perform their everyday tasks like they used to? With the usual routine, speed, and why not safety? No, certainly not.
Whether we like to admit it or not, a world without cars would be a much more different place than we can perhaps even imagine.
THE CAR-WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO US?
The car also known as the automobile is one of humankind’s inventions that had/has/will have one of the biggest impacts on society.
We’ll start with probably the main reason: the car is an independent means of transport.
Let those words sink in your brain for a couple of moments.
Do we really know how valuable this is?
To sit in a car, start and stop it when YOU want? To have complete freedom of movement in this way?
If you don’t know how valuable this is, then sometimes use public transportation (with all due respect to it). Try to walk a couple of miles to work and you’ll get a really good picture.
Another huge commodity is having the possibility of driving other people with you.
For instance, you can transport your loved ones and make some great memories like during road trips.
But more importantly, you can also save someone’s life like when driving someone to a hospital in case of an emergency.
Then you have all the joys and comforts of the car that are present more or less in the last 50 years, like a comfy interior, climate control, power steering, safety systems, and so on. You are practically impervious to the outside weather and elements except in storms or really bad weather.
Let us also mention the fact that you can cover massive distances in a day that were not even imaginable only a couple of decades ago. In modern cars, especially in luxury models, covering three of four hundred miles in a day is more or less a joyride.
People who have relatives and loved ones far away cherish this aspect of the car very much. I know I certainly do.
These advantages are just the tip of the iceberg. If I were to further write about them this writing would go on and on.
For instance, just mentioning the whole industry and the vast number of jobs it gives and the families it feeds around the world would take at least one more article.
But to be fair, let’s mention a few bad things about cars.
LIFE WITHOUT CARS-WHAT WOULD IMPROVE?
The first improvement that automatically comes to mind if cars didn’t exist regards ecology.
This is the main subject on the table for at least the past twenty years. Let’s be honest, cars pollute the environment even though car manufacturers have made a number of genius solutions for cleansing the exhaust fumes.
To be honest, as long as cars burn fossil fuels, there will be pollution. Period.
Besides the pollution from the car, you have the vast industry around it that also has its share in polluting (although it also is becoming much cleaner).
So, in a life without cars would Mother Nature start to breathe easier? Certainly.
One more aspect that would improve but is often neglected is the physical aspect of the drivers (if I expressed myself properly).
Too often people use cars for every tiny little chore and avoid walking, using the bicycle, or other means of similar transportation.
Not only would this reduce using the car but would also immensely improve driver’s health.
Also, one more forgotten aspect of this is socialization with other people.
There is a bigger possibility of socializing with people since the car, let’s admit it, is a driver’s own castle and in fact, prevents contact with other people to an extent.
When talking about life without cars and the advantages it would bring, it’s impossible not to mention one of the most important things.
That is the financial aspect. A fact is that people who don’t have cars save a significant amount of money, especially in the long run.
In this case, the money saved is far from pocket change. It is a serious amount of money capable of solving a lot of things or mending your wounded home budget.
The list of improvements goes on, the most important one that comes to mind is that, for instance, the number of car crashes would be reduced to zero.
At the end of this article let’s try to summarize the topic is life possible without cars?
Yes, it is, if you return to the basics. By basics, I mean things like the bicycle and why not horse and carriage.
But is it a comfortable life? No. Would it be practical? No.
Just imagine walking your kids to school a couple of miles or using a horse and carriage (if you’re lucky to have one).
Then imagine doing all that during the winter season and when it’s pouring rain.
Try to engrave this picture in your mind or even better try it sometimes in real life. It isn’t pleasant at all, trust me.
I will conclude this article with the first thought that comes to my mind every time this debate is led on certain occasions.
The car is produced out of NECCESSITY and not out of some freak wish to make a mechanical contraption.
Later down the line come things like design, technical marvels, and the car becoming a prized status symbol.
So, even in today’s modern society, with all its luxuries and comforts, but also highly developed ecological consciousness, the car still is and probably will be a necessity.
In one form or the other.
Written by: Sibin Spasojevic
Former car technician, life-long car and DIY enthusiast, author for Despairrepair.com