About 12 to 18 years ago I was self employed as a computing consultant, so I had to travel to wherever my skills were needed. At one time I was driving almost 1,000 miles a week, which as you can imagine was not fun. I was having to service my car every 6 weeks, and I couldn't afford the time off work to send it to a garage, so I had to service it myself at weekends.
Later I managed to negotiate work nearer to home, and by now was earning enough to purchase a motorcycle to reduce my travel costs. I was still doing some 30,000+ miles a year by motorcycle, and another 12,000 miles a year in my car.
One thing I will mention is that one day there was an accident on the main road, and I had to filter through some five miles of stationary cars on my motorcycle. I managed to arrive at work on time.
The following week on a day when my motorcycle was being serviced, and I was in my car, there was another accident at the same spot. I was over an hour late getting to work, and as a consultant I was paid by the hour, so I had to work late to make up the time.
On another occasion I injured my left foot, and as I had a manual car, couldn't operate the clutch. It was a viable option to hire an automatic car to get to work, since I couldn't get there by public transport as it was 75 miles each way. I had the auto for two weeks before I could drive my own car again.
Some years later due to the changes in technology I had to have a career change, and started to work closer to home. I realised that my main use for the car was to get to work, which was only about 3 miles, so I sold the car, and started cycling to work. If I needed a car, for holidays or whatever, I hired one. The total hire costs over a year was about the same that I had been paying for insurance when I owned a car, so I was saving the fuel, servicing, and depreciation costs.
Later, when I was working some 13 miles from home I had either a motorcycle or car, but I still used to cycle to work whenever I could, usually 2 to 3 times a week.
Now I have the ideal commuting environment, but at a cost.
Some two and a half years ago my partner became disabled, and I had to give up work to care for her. I only use my car to transport my partner (or other family members) and if I need to get anywhere on my own I cycle, or use public transport.
You are welcome to quote any of this in your research, and if you want any verification, email me via my profile.
· 8 years ago