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Motor vehicles tend to get a bad rap in the media for the pollution that they cause. But it’s worth spending a second thinking about the positives that they bring our lives.
Your Car Is Protecting Your Against The Coronavirus
Before the pandemic, the government actively encouraged people to use public transport. Buses, underground and rail, were all supposed to be the future.
But now that there is a potentially deadly bug on the loose, the appeal of public transport is dwindling. And government officials are coming out and directly telling people to use their private vehicles whenever possible. It’s an unusual message, to say the least!
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In truth, though, you’re much safer in your car than you are sitting on a crowded bus, even with social distance in place. Private motor vehicles are essentially giant PPE devices made of metal and glass. Plus they have filters that can sieve out any wayward virus particles in the air.
Your Car Is Always There When You Need It
Life tends to throw the unexpected at you from time to time. And when that happens, it helps to know that your car is there for you, whenever you need it.
If your children need picking up early from school, you can just hop in the car and collect them. Likewise, if they need a trip to the doctor or a relative is ill, you don’t have to worry about the public transport timetable.
You Can Fill It With Stuff
On public transport or bicycle, you have to carry all your stuff with you, lugging it through stations or trying to balance it all in a basket.
But with hatchback cars, that’s not a problem. You open the spacious boot, and off you go.
There are all sorts of reasons why people frequently need to fill their cars with stuff. Shopping, visits to the tip and even helping friends move – the private motor vehicle gives you the flexibility you need.
It Gives You Freedom
When motor cars first gained mass adoption in the 1970s, people saw them as a symbol of freedom. They could step out their front doors and go anywhere they liked.
The freedom aspect remains, but we don’t talk about it as much – and we should. When you have a car, you’re not reliant on anyone else to permit you to go somewhere. You’re free to travel from city to city unimpeded, exploring the country if you like.
Running a car is much easier these days than it ever was in the past. As manufacturers have improved their design and processes, the chances of a breakdown have fallen significantly. All this means that the total overhead – in real terms – is going down. A car in 2020 might have a higher sticker price than fifty years ago, but it is also much improved. And in real terms, the price hasn’t changed much. Falling costs just mean that automakers have been able to add more features.
So, what’s your view on your car? Are you thankful for it?