WHY MINIMALISTS STILL NEED CARS

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Minimalism is a great philosophy and has many perks. It helps to take care of the environment, reduces financial stress, and lets you focus on the things that really matter in life. All-round, it’s a fantastic idea.


But minimalism isn’t perfect, particularly when it comes to transportation. Many people try to live without cars but they find themselves in trouble. Life just becomes so inconvenient.


The problem is this: modern life is built around the motor vehicle. Practically everything, from our cities to our shopping habits incorporates some form of four-wheeled transport to get us from A to B.


In this post, we make the somewhat controversial case that minimalists still need cars. While some will disagree, we think that the reasons for owning your own private transport are utterly compelling. Here’s why.


IT MAKES IT EASIER TO SEE FRIENDS

Let’s say that you have some friends in the next town. Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem. But if you are an ultra-minimalist, it is. That’s because you have to find public transport that can take you there and back. And that’s not always available.


If you have a car, though, you have freedom and convenience. You can go where you like and do what you want, without having to wait at the bus stop.


IT'S CONVENIENT

Related to this is the fact that cars are convenient. If something goes wrong, you can just hop in the car and go to where you need to go. You’ll have almost complete independence, able to travel around anywhere, as long as the roads aren’t blocked.


What's more, our society leaves people with so many parking options, particularly in rural areas. Once you arrive at your destination, you park up and enjoy yourself. You don’t have to deal with ticket offices or turnstiles like some farmyard animal.


IT GIVES YOU FREEDOM

While George Salinas Injury Lawyers points out that driving a vehicle puts people at risk of injury, there’s no denying that it gives them immense freedom, too.


Think for a moment about your own experience of having a car if you’ve ever driven before. You’ll know that it’s a great feeling being able to just fill up and go where you want to go, whenever you want. It makes such a tremendous difference in your quality of life.


TAKING ROAD TRIPS IS EASY

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Going on road trips can be a lot of fun and helps you explore new areas. It’s also a cheap way to go on vacation if you loathe the idea of flights and hotels.


In this sense, a car is actually a minimalist tool. While it costs money upfront, it can actually wind up saving you money long-term because you have more freedom. As with all economic decisions, it’s a mixed blessing.


IT SAVES TIME

Think about how much time cycling or taking public transport takes up. Journeys that should take just a few minutes can often wind up taking over an hour.


With a car, though, you can leave this trap behind. Because it’s parked right outside your door, you can get into it straight away and start enjoying the countryside close to you. You can also go to the store or drive to a restaurant without any worries about the last train home.


Driving a car still saves time, even in busy towns and cities. And you can avoid the need to have to constantly pay for everything all the time, which is a real chore for some people.


IT'S ESSENTIAL FOR FAMILIES

Families need cars perhaps more than any other segment of society. Vehicles are essential for all the errands that they have to run.


If you have a big family, nothing less than a big car will suffice. You need something that will accommodate everyone and allow you to move together. Running two smaller cars just isn’t practical.


Also, make sure that you get a car with a large trunk. You want something that has enough space if you all decide to go away on vacation somewhere. MPVs and SUVs are your best bet here, though converted vans are another option.


IT GIVES YOU THE SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY

Lastly, having a car gives you a sense of responsibility. It’s a way to prove to yourself that you can be trusted with things. You’ll have to make regular payments towards the car and ensure that you look after it properly as well. You’ll also need to maintain it every year by taking it for its annual service and road safety check.


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