Monday, 30 January 2012

Letting go of my car

I've been driving for 11 years now. I passed my test in December 2000, after 4 tests. I've driven ever since, with only a minor break when I lived in London and didn't have a car.

Now I'm moving to Vienna, I've decided to become car less. It is a decision I've made with mixed emotions. I currently drive a Honda Civic, which is practical, not too expensive to run and reliable. It is however nearly as old as my driving license and as I do a LOT of miles, it is starting to get to the point where it could potentially become a lot more expensive, especially as Japanese car parts are not cheap, even the non branded ones. So, faced with an aging car, the prospect of higher motoring costs and the fact that I'll be driving on the other side of the road, the car has to go.

Thankfully the public transport system in Vienna is pretty ace, and I doubt I'll need a car much, or be able to find parking for it, not to mention the fact that I absolutely hate driving in cities (I'm such a country girl!). And I figure that if I need to go somewhere further afield, I can hire a car. I am actually really looking forward to not having a car. I love travelling on public transport, the people watching possibilities are endless!! I'm also considering getting a bike, and cycling around Vienna when the weather allows, it'll be cheaper than a gym membership!


  1. Good for you. Sometimes, investing in public transportation or bicycles (or walking) can be a good move compared to driving daily. Still, the best move to make is to make no absolutes over this. Who knows? Maybe someday you'll have to drive again. It can be also fun to rent one for a road trip.

  2. Well, it's so nice that you liked the public transport system there. Well having a car has pros and cons that vary from city to city. Another good thing is that you know how to drive, and this skill comes very handy. ;D


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