The BBC recently reported that despite the ongoing financial crisis, the car is still, by far the most popular mode of transport for commuters. But we ask, is this really news? For most of us, the daily commute is about far more than simply getting from A to B, it’s about…
For many of us, the commute provides a little respite from a chaotic, busy day at work followed by a chaotic, family life at home. It means having some valuable time to just be alone for a little silent contemplation, or for listening to some banging tunes without enduring the tuts and eyeball rolling of others’. When you drive your car to work, you get to control the temperature, you don’t have to wear wellies or wrestle with an umbrella, you can put down your belongings without the fear of someone nicking them and you don’t get sneezed, coughed, or trodden on.
Making the most of your investment:
Owning a car is not cheap so once you’ve forked out for driving lessons, the dreaded test, then the car of your dreams and its insurance, road tax and MOT, it seems only fair that you get to make the most of your investment by actually driving around in it.
Owning a car can be costly, but does using the public transport network really work out that much cheaper? And if it is, is that saving really worth it when your journey on trains and buses generally takes far longer than one by car and means having to tolerate other people, deal with queues, frustrating delays and having to face your boss to apologise for being late for work – again? Clearly, for thousands of car commuters, the answer to this is a resounding, no.
Flexibility and Freedom:
Using the car for work isn’t always just about getting there and getting back. For plenty of commuters, a car means being able to travel between meetings and clients and for those working on zero-hour contracts, it means being able to take on ad-hoc work as and when you can get it. Quite simply, a car means you can be flexible for an employer and get some freedom for yourself, to pop and do the weekly shop or call in to see family and friends at your leisure.
It seems clear that unless Britain’s public transport becomes cheaper, more punctual, and reaches more destinations than it currently does, those of us who work will continue to get there by car, singing joyfully to anything we like and enjoying the elbow room too.January 31, 2014