As you move closer to your DESTINATION it is likely that it will no longer include the upstairs back seat on the bus.
Buses, trams and public transport are the mainstay of any young adult’s life journey, but as you get older you start to need to be in specific places at specific times. You don’t want to arrive at your destination wet because it was raining and the last thing you want is to get chewing gum on your best outfit before a night out. Yes, buses are great, but they are a bit ‘limited!’
So, you feel as though you want your own transport? What are your options?
DRIVING A CAR
Two things you will need to consider 1) should you buy a new or old car and 2) you will need to have passed your driving test.
The driving theory test has two parts. Part one is a multiple-choice test made up of 50 questions (of which you must score 43 or more to pass). Part two is a driving hazard detection test where you must identify potential hazards as you proceed along a virtual road.
The practical driving test involves about 40 minutes of driving that is supervised by a driving examiner and a number of other tests including how good your eyesight is, vehicle safety questions, general driving ability, reversing and independent safe driving.
The holy grail of driving is having your own car. However, this is going to be really expensive. In the Money section we looked at how much you need to earn to live on, and owning your own car is going to put another significant dent in your finances.
The four main costs of a car are:
The purchase price of the vehicle
Unpredictable running costs
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GET ON YOUR BIKE
Costs will vary massively depending on the type of moped or scooter that you buy but you could easily purchase one for around £1,000. Tthen with road tax, insurance and a moped licence you would be looking to get on the road for around £1,500. You will still need to fill it with petrol, but you should expect to get twice the miles per litre of fuel than you would get from a car. And, as you would only be making short journeys (they aren’t really designed for long distance commutes) you would find that even if you did 100 miles/month that would only cost you about £5/month in petrol.
Using a bicycle to get around is great if you live in an area that is relatively flat and has designated cycle paths, but again, they aren’t great for dates. If you’ve ever ridden on a main road – in rush hour traffic – you will also know how dangerous it can feel.
It’s slow, it’s hard work when you need to go up a hill, and you arrive at your destination hot and sweaty. On the flip side though, it keeps you fit and active and its cheap.
This mode of transport is probably not great for every journey, but if you only work a few miles from home, and you have a route that can avoid main roads – you could find that cycling to work and back saves you a large amount of money. It will also possibly save you having to pay for a gym subscription too!
Finally, the cheapest method of all – walking. Not everyone has the luxury of access to a car, but equally not everyone has access (or use) of their legs.
One of the first things that happens when you get your own transport is that many people stop walking. Even when you use public transport you used to walk (or occasionally run) from your house to the bus stop, or from the bus stop to your final destination. The minute you get a car – that distance is shortened from your current location to where ever you parked.