I was reading a forum this morning that asked the question ‘is a car a necessity or a luxury’ and if we define necessities as ‘what we need’ then I don’t need a car. I go to work by train as it is cheaper and saves wear and tear and depreciation on my car, which I bought two years ago and will be the last car I will ever buy. I can get any where by train or bus if I don’t expect to travel outside of timetabled times. It does mean I get to work slightly earlier and leave slightly later but I often walk to Lidl, which is next to St Austell station and pick up a ‘daily’ and bring home only what I can carry each day.
I’m sure people reading this will think ‘well I don’t have a bus service and I don’t live near a station’. Well here’s our secret. We lived in Plymouth for thirteen years and moved to the same street as our kids’ school so they could walk on their own as I believe all children should. Mike walked to work, so did I and I went to college on the bus. We chose where we lived based on transport as well as the house and schools.
When we moved to Liskeard, we found a house within 20 minutes walk of the station and I purposefully wanted to work in the school I work in as it is next to the railway station in St Austell. So, choose your next address if you want a car free life.
Most of the journeys that dearly beloved and I take are on our own and there is no way we would have two cars and the train does take the strain, especially when we hear of the regular fatalities on the A38 between Liskeard and Plymouth.
We do use our car and it is for luxury trips, days out, to the moors, to Looe but we still choose the train if it can take us where we want to go at the times we want to go there. If I ever shop to the point that you need to fill a car up then I ask myself…….am I buying too much?