It is exhilirating to zip by the daily traffic jams and wonder how people can put up with wasting so much time every day.
What about longer distances?
The time you spend driving a vehicle is lost time. While driving, you have to concentrate on a simple task. All you can do other than drive is listen to the radio or perhaps talk on the phone, but for safety reasons this is becoming illegal in many countries.
When I use public transportation, I have my hands and my mind free to do other things, like reading or writing. Or get this, sleeping.
What is speed?
What is the time you need to travel a distance?
When driving, this is the time that you work for the money you need to buy the car and to pay for maintainance, insurance, gasoline, parking, traffic tickets and so on. So, add this component to the time, and you get a completely different picture. Austrian car drivers travel at an average of 9 km/h (5.6 mph), when calculated this (honest) way.
This is a speed that you can easily beat with a bicycle. Plus you'll have all that money left over for other things.
Freedom of going wherever you want to has little to do with cars. On the contrary, all of these carefully registered vehicles are an excellent means to get detailed information on their owners. If you want to go about in freedom, you had better go walking.
Driving a car has got to be the most worthless way to spend your time. Strapped into your safety belt, usually intelligent people end up wasting their time in an activity a robot should be doing. Sure, it may get you to your destination somewhat earlier, but all that time is essentially wasted.
A car may give the driver a sense of freedom, but in the long run, it actually reduces the independence of everyone else (including other drivers). The more cars there are on the road, the slower traffic travels. The more cars in the city, the harder it is for pedestrians to get around safely. The more we rely on the car for our travel, the more our cities will be tailored to the car, making you more dependant on the automobile.
**The Automoble Conspiracy**