With all the hype about going green and saving energy, bigger cities have painstakingly put together public transportation systems so that it is easier for people to do their daily commutes without the use of a car.
Salt Lake City has a particularly well-developed public transportation system given the size of the city. When I found out that I was going to be moving to Salt Lake, I did not bother to re-register my car. With the expenses that came with it (safety, emissions, insurance, gas, etc.), it did not seem worth it to me. The cost of taking public transportation was much lower.
While I was without a car in Ogden, it was slightly more difficult to get around, but it is still manageable as long as you do not have to go out in the boonies very often. Having a bike also makes traveling easier, if you do not mind getting some exercise.
No car? No maintenance
One of the most frustrating things about having a car is the fact that you are constantly responsible for the car’s upkeep and maintenance. Even just getting the oil changed, if you have to go to a place like Jiffy Lube, can start to get expensive. They will try to up-sell you on things you really do not need, so you could end up in a $150 charge for a service that one of your auto-mechanic friends might do for free.
Cars are full of potential problems. My first car started leaking transmission fluid, so I constantly had to buy bottles of it or the check engine light would keep turning on. Eventually, the leak became so bad that no amount of fluid would solve the problem, even temporarily. The transmission gradually started going out, characterized by jolting while I was driving. The car would also shut off automatically when it idled sometimes, and it was a fifty-fifty chance that it would start back up immediately.
My second car had more minor problems, but they added up to crippling bills. I went an entire Utah winter without heating in my car one year because I was not in a place where I could afford to fix it. That was a terrible, terrible idea.
When I moved to Salt Lake, I had to get to work after the public transportation system stopped running. That meant that I had to buy something to get me back from work, and going three miles up hill on a bike in the dark was not really my thing. So, I bought a motor scooter, and, while it was excellent with gas mileage, it was characterized by just as many problems as my cars previous to it. Thankfully, I was recently able to get it off my hands.
Take advantage of public transportation
To save yourself from having to deal with mechanical issues and to save the environment by using less gas, I highly suggest you try to make your life work without a vehicle. When you do not have to worry about parking or oil changes, you will thank me.
Though Kassandra Konecny has only begun writing professionally about six months ago, she has been writing creatively for years. Recently, she has worked to become an expert at writing blogs about auto body repair in Salt Lake City.