It’s been two weeks since I gave up my car for Lent as a financial experiment and I’m surprised to say that not much in my life has changed. I’ve walked three trips that I normally would have driven, saving myself 12 miles of driving, but I have not needed to hop on the bus or drag my bike out of the basement. Mostly, I’ve been carpooling a lot.
I’ve realized four things now that I’m driving less:
- Walking is more relaxing than driving
- I have more time to call friends and family when I walk somewhere
- Walking takes more time, but I feel really good after the light exercise
- I’m getting to know my neighborhood better by walking (I even saw a bunny on my way home!)
I did break my no-car fast once, when I took the MINI in for a VIN inspection at the police station as part of the process of registering my car now that I live in Rhode Island. My local DMV was shuttered as part of budget cuts, so I’ll have to break my car fast once more to get to a DMV before my registration expires Apr. 2. Other than that, I’m getting around on two feet.
Luckily, the two cops who saw me pull an illegal u-turn (who knew?) in front of the police station joked that I must have been from California, where u-turns are legal. One of the cops lives around the corner from me – that’s how small Rhode Island is!
Not sure I would give up my wheels for good, but it is something I am considering. Did you make a financial sacrifice for Lent?