Five Reasons You Should Take Public Transportation
If you are like most Americans, you spend your mornings sitting behind the wheel of your car and pressing the gas pedal all the way to work. Even if you don’t have a huge daily commute to your job, I’m sure you get in your car at least once a week to go somewhere. Maybe you’ve thought about taking public transportation before, but for whatever reason you have not made the switch. So to help you along, I’ve got five reasons you should seriously consider picking public transportation over driving.
1. Save Money.
Let’s face it. Owning and using a car, even a cheap used clunker, is pretty darn expensive. There’s car payments, insurance, and not to mention rising gas prices. Plus there’s all manner of things that can go wrong in your vehicle’s inner workings, and any number of car repair bills you’re going to need to pay before the end of the year. According to the American Automobile Association, the average person spends roughly $9,000 on using and maintaining their car every year.
So ditch that monstrous drain on your finances! Skip the pump and buy a bus pass.
2. Save the Planet.
Let’s say your daily commute is 20 miles and you work up 10,000 miles every year. For a small car, that’s 3.9 tons of CO2 emitted from your tailpipe annually. If you took the same route by train then you would be responsible for just 1 ton of CO2 every year. Just how much carbon dioxide do you flavor the atmosphere with every year? Whether it’s a small number or an embarrassingly big one, you can significantly cut down your personal carbon footprint by choosing to take public transit instead of driving. Do your part to keep the Earth healthy and happy.
3. Stay out of Accidents
Trains and buses do crash, yes. But statistically, cars crash more. The U.S. Census Bureau reported 10 million car accidents in 2008 and 37,000 traffic fatalities. There were only ten railway accidents in the same year.
I doubt you want to get into a fender bender on your way to work and have to do more costly repairs. I also doubt you want to die in a 12 car pile-up. You significantly improve your chances of staying out of accidents and, you know, staying alive on your daily commute when you take public transportation.
4. Gain Back Time
On a much lighter note, sitting on a bus gives you extra time you wouldn’t have sitting behind the wheel of a car. Instead of having to pay attention to the road, you can direct your attention to something you find much more productive like reading a book, writing your latest article, working on homework or work, studying, or watching videos on your computer or phone. Not that the last one’s entirely productive, but it beats staring at the fender of the car in front of you for a half an hour everyday, doesn’t it?
5. Meet New People!
If you are afraid of other people and wish to continue to your existence cut off from your fellow travelers in your little metal box, then I won't stop you. But you should know that it’s not very good for your mental or social health. Taking public transportation gives you the opportunity to meet and connect with people you probably wouldn’t come into contact with otherwise. So when you get on the bus, smile and wish everyone a happy morning! You will be surprised at the number of nice and normal people who also take public transportation.