As we all know, transportation is a necessary part of our modern lives. However, more and more people find it challenging to get behind the wheel. Though there are many reasons one decides to forego driving, there are some more common ones. Here are a few reasons some people don’t want to drive.
Driving Trends Are Changing
You should know, there is no shame in feeling nervous about driving or simply choosing not to, especially if you’re new at it. In fact, you’d be surprised to know that a large number of Millennials and Gen Z-ers have developed a strong dislike for cars. This fact seems to be leading to a revolution in the transportation industry. We’ve already seen some of this with the surge of services like Lyft and Uber.
They’ve Seen too Many Accidents
You don’t have to leave your home to witness brutal car accidents. Our media and entertainment platforms are full of violent renditions of actual accidents. The younger generations are clearly being filled with the vision of what can happen out on the road. And this is just fiction.
Furthermore, having a car wreck affect you or someone close to you will have an even deeper impact on you. The combination of these two things could render a person unable to drive because of fear.
Anxiety Behind the Wheel
Whether it’s the knowledge of what can happen or the fear of making a mistake, driving can be one of the most debilitating causes of anxiety. Anxiety can affect you both physically and mentally, causing nausea, headache, palpitations at the simple thought of driving. It is a difficult condition to manage, and more importantly, anxious drivers may be embarrassed to seek help.
They Hate Sitting in Traffic
Sitting in rush hour every morning and evening on your daily commute is more than just a little frustrating. It’s torture! It’s no doubt that some are foregoing this painful scenario and going for other forms of transportation. More and more city dwellers are turning to public transport to avoid the rush hour behind the steering wheel. Of course, they can’t avoid other people commuting at the same time. But many have found that stepping away from the driver’s seat has already made significant improvements to their stress levels.
They Are Environmentally Conscious
Motor vehicles are responsible for a third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the USA. It’s a national average of 5.5 tons of C02 per year for every single driver. If you’ve been worrying about climate change and how you are affecting the environment, your car is the first thing that needs to go. Reducing your time being the wheel can help.
Is the future car-less? As more and more people find it difficult to enjoy driving, either because it is too stressful or because they worry about their carbon footprint, it seems that motorheads need to rethink their priorities. Driving fast everywhere may not be the dream of freedom we need, after all.