I am reliant on my car, like so many others, mostly for the reasons Ruairi Creaney outlines in this thought provoking article. However, I refuse to believe that there must be a more sustainable (and less pollution inducing) future for our transport system. Public transport deserves a much needed cash injection. If prices came down and service improved then more people (including myself) may no longer feel the need to own one of these symbols of capitalist addiction. Very much recommend this article.
Like many other aspects of society under capitalism, the automobile appears to be a standard part of life; something that has been and always will be with us. Learning how to drive and acquiring a car are viewed as obligatory stages of our lives, through which we all must progress in the process of growing up. Almost everyone has a car. Many households even have two or three.
I hate cars, and I always have. However, due to the nature of my job, I am required to own a car, and I hate having to own one. I hate the impact mass car ownership has had on society: motorways clogged with oversized vehicles grinding by at a snail’s pace during “rush hour”; petrolheads driving at reckless speeds endangering their own and others’ safety; ever widening roads encroaching into the countryside; horrendous pollution caused by the expulsion of toxic fumes; countless…
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I enjoy driving – especially down nice quiet country lanes with no other traffic – and was so excited the day I passed my driving test, but driving itself isn’t always an enjoyable experience now. I hate getting stuck in traffic, I hate idiotic drivers, I hate really old people who drive at 20 miles an hour in a 60 zone, I hate driving in towns and cities, I hate the constant noise of boy racer trash heaps and the old vans pumping out black fumes. so much hate. But, like above, I need a car for my job too, which makes me feel guilty and hypocritical. Even if public transport was more affordable, not many buses go into the middle of nowhere at 4 in the morning. So I have to put up with it and grind my teeth and wish I could drive a horse and trap instead.