So I've done without a car. Living more than ten kilometres from town (and the nearest shop) made this seem daunting, initially, but it's not been bad.
The main downside is that getting places requires a bit more resourcefulness, and forethought. Rain is another problem.
On the upside:
- no registration or warrant of fitness costs.
- no insurance to pay.
- no tyres, batteries, oil, filters, coolant, brake fluid to renew.
- no petrol
- the extra walking and cycling have given me a new perspective on my surroundings, and there's less of me too.
- sharing vehicular transport is a good way to get time to think, and to make friends.
Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army - The Pleasure Principle, 1979