In this article we are going to look at public transport via the private vehicle. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, yet routine and personal circumstances will often define which is the most appropriate to your lifestyle.
One of the most important advantages of owning a car is convenience. It allows you the freedom to go anywhere you want whenever you want. There is no hanging about waiting for public transport to turn up in potentially bad weather.
A second point which favours the car is comfort. You can control the temperature, listen to the radio etc. And you always get a seat!
A third big advantage is that you can complete the journey without having to make changes. It is very rare a bus will pick you…show more content… Car: Disadvantages
With convenience comes cost. There are many costs associated with owning a car. Firstly learning to drive can be prohibitive, with lessons often out of a lot of peoples budgets. Once you have passed your test buying a car can also prove expensive. It is often the case we have to buy cheap second hand cars as new cars are very expensive. Sometimes this is fine and you can have a reliable car, but other times you pick one up that’s not been well maintained and can cost you a fortune in repairs and keeping it on the road.
Petrol prices generally go up, rarely coming down even when global fuel prices go down. This is an ongoing expense too, a car is useless without fuel. Picking a car with a smaller engine can save fuel and modern cars also have been designed with better fuel economy, but as I have already mentioned modern cars cost more money upfront.
Other costs include insurance, road tax, MOT and servicing which all add up over the course of a year and should not be forgotten when choosing a car, generally the more powerful the car is the more expensive the running costs tend to…show more content… Many people sharing one polluting vehicle is better than each driving their own. For many people this is becoming an important issue.
If you use public transport you spend on your journey as and when you need to travel, whereas if you own a car you are paying for it all the time, even if you are not using it, as insurance, tax and MOTs need constantly maintaining.
If you live in a town or a city where the public transport networks are regular and offer a multitude of routes it makes sense to use it. Especially in big cities like London where the tubes offer a great service, allowing you to travel all over the city without the stress of driving on the busy roads or having to pay the congestion charges.
It is quite expensive if you just use public transport now and again but if you use it regularly there are savings to be made. Season tickets and buying weekly tickets can save you quite a bit of money and also add to the convenience as you don’t need to make sure you have the correct change on you all the time.