KJ: I’ve read a lot about people taking the plunge to live in a one-car (or no car!) family. It’s a bit challenging with where we live to do this given that the public transportation in our area is horrendous (would take me two to three times as long to get to work, plus Angela doesn’t have a single option to take public transportation between our home and her office), but if you live close to your work or in a city with great options, this could be a perfectly viable option.
If you live close enough, maybe you’re able to bike to work, walk to work, or take a combination of buses, subways and walking. If you’re not able to do these, then consider carpooling.
There can be some significant benefits that add up meaningfully over time in addition to the obvious environmental benefits. Consider the following benefits:
So how can you make it work?
As with any calculated decision, put pen to paper and brainstorm on ways to make it happen. Maybe you can walk, run, bike, carpool (and split the costs), take public trains and buses, etc. Look at the added productivity you can have with the extra down time that you would otherwise spend frustrated in the car in traffic.
Is the lack of flexibility causing concern? If you have one car in your family, maybe you can trade-off every other week. What do you do if both you and your significant other have an arrangement where you both need the family car? Do you find another person to take you, can one drive and then pick you up, do you reschedule, or what are your options?
Also, you may be limited to what times you can get to or from your destinations if stuck with public transportation. It’s also not without flaws (just like traffic) where there can be delays.
What if one car seriously isn’t a viable option?
Like in our house, one car isn’t a real option, but there are still measures you can take. Consolidate driving where you can. If driving to your job is the only option for both members of your household, then be more thoughtful about the trips you take outside of work and combine multiple trips into one. Some areas really aren’t conducive to being a one car household, but there are always ways to reduce your costs associated with owning a vehicle, so consider them thoughtfully…like carpooling!
- Do you have one (or no) car in your family?
When did you decide to make the change?
Was it for cost and/or environmental reasons?
Tell us how you made it work!
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