I have made the decision that after 45 years of driving to hang up my car keys.
These days I only do 1000 miles annually and its always been at the front of my mind not to replace my ageing Volvo.
1) my tyre burst fortunately close to my home;
2) I had a scrape in car park space after a motorist had left little space to park;
3) a kiddie for a dare jumped out and ran across my car. Fortunately for both of us he made it to safely the other side but what if …
Factor in rude drivers, penalties for parking and cost, alternative forms of cheap transport and it became a simple decision.
I ran it past my accountant who advised the rule of thumb was that under 2000 miles annually it’s not worth it.
Yesterday I walked to a neighbouring village with the sea to my side and took a bus home costing me £2. Much better.
I may miss the convenience of a car but there are car clubs for the short term. I may miss my only real pleasure of motoring – being on a quiet and peaceful stretch of road with an uplifting piece of music but that is not worth the £2500 annual cost.