Thanks to Facebook memories, I thought I’d share this #flashbackfriday.
Here is me at 17 and 27 with brand new cars. It’s funny how times change. I calculated that in the last 16 years, I have spent:
$55,000 on car payments
$30,000 on insurance
$10,000 in maintenance
$11,000 in gas
That’s $106,000 on cars!! Wherever you live there are going to be transportation costs but what the hell was I thinking? When I was younger, I had a dream of living somewhere that I wasn’t dependent on cars. I’m still hoping to make that happen someday.
Unfortunately, affordable, safe and efficient public transportation are only a reality in a fraction of our US cities. I know there are less expensive transportation options than what I chose, and I’m fortunate for what I’ve had, but cars overall cause strain on our communities, our cities, our economy and our environment.
Many cities can’t attract workers due to traffic and traffic related pollution. Health and well being suffer when you are stuck in traffic for hours a day. Roads are an endless construction mess of widening lanes refilling holes. Where I live in Florida, if a natural disaster were to hit, we don’t have the transportation infrastructure for an emergency mass exodus. Meanwhile, here I am commuting to work everyday 🤦🏼♀️
Seriously considering the economical and environmental impact of driving is definitely a new thought process for me in this journey. 🤷🏼♀️🚗