Car ownership is a con. You may have thought that running a car is cheaper than using public transport; that owning a car is totally liberating; that you have a right to endanger other peoples’ lives, especially pedestrians’ and cyclists’; and that you have a right to damage the environment without ever questioning whether this is in fact true.
It is unlikely that you have thought about
- exactly how much money you spend each year on fuel, depreciation on the value of the car, insurance, road tax, services, repairs, accessories, …
- how liberating it really is to sit in traffic jams, to look for parking spaces, to risk road-rage, to abstain from alcohol and not to get enough exercise
- how many people are killed or injured every day, not by cars; but by people driving cars
I just thought I’d mention it.
Ben Elton puts it differently in his novel Gridlock, as does André Gorz in his 1973 essay, The Social Ideology of the Motorcar.