Now that my health is doing great and my depth perception isn't as bad as it once was, I can drive again, during the day, only I choose not to drive.
I still have a valid driver's license and I drove the rental truck when I moved. My license was never taken away nor did the doctor tell me not to drive. Not driving was a choice I made after giving it much thought.
I choose not to drive because of the cost of having and maintaining a car. In the State of Arizona, the yearly cost to get my tags for my license plates are anywhere from $25 (for very old cars) to $200 plus for newer cars. I could save up the money only I choose not to.
Also, the maintenance of the car - tires, oil changes, various parts, replacing the engine, etc. Those costs have gone through the roof. Why take part in something where the cost only keeps climbing?
Also, let's not forget about the auto insurance costs which also keep climbing and in some states there's No-Fault Insurance. Rates go up regardless of whose fault it is if you're in an accident.
The price of gas may be low and what I pay per month on transportation, I would be paying a week for gas. Even if you don't drive your car, gas does evaporate.
I have had people ask me wouldn't I rather be driving? At times I would say yes for the run to the store because I forgot to buy something or I ran out. These trips do add up.
Not driving keeps me mindful of needing to plan my trips and to stay on top of things which is a good thing. I'm not lazy in my thinking saying, "I can always do that later". There have been times where I have miscalculated the purchase of food and have called a friend and asked them to take me to the store.
Not driving helps me save money for redecorating my apartment and paying cash for everything. I haven't owned a credit card in over 20 years. I have been debt free and to me owning a car is a debt and there are other luxuries I would rather afford.
I can always rent a car, plane or train if I want to take a trip.
I know that by not driving I give up the choice of living in the country where I miss living. I have found that as age advances and my body matures, it is wiser to live closer to where hospitals and doctors are. Also, living within the city limits affords me less time to get to where I want to go plus there are many activities in the city I live in of which I enjoy going to.
I am also lowering my carbon imprint on the world by not owning a car. This is part of my way of making the world a cleaner place. I know of other people who take public transportation for the same reasons I have stated above. Yes, there are many other drivers still out there and while there are people who travel by bicycle, bus or on foot, we aren't adding to the pollution.
Too many people are being lazy and throwing their trash where ever they choose without any regard for the lasting impact this has on the world they live in.
What ways can you contribute to the decline of pollution in the air, land or water?