Thats the word from Chris Balish, author of How To Live Well Without Owning A Car (Ten Speed Press). He says car ownership is an addiction and breaking the cycle can improve your quality of life almost instantly.
In his words, I went car-free about four years ago and immediately noticed I had $1000 more in discretionary income because I wasnt buying gas, satellite radio or the other things connected with a car.
Although he feared being without a car would ruin his social life, he found it improved. Not only did he have more money for dates but his new habit of bike-riding rid him of his pesky love handles and made him more attractive to women.
He also says hes calmer than before because he no longer gets stressed from being stuck in gridlock traffic for hours at a time.
But being car-free is not without its price. Balish says he now has to actually plan things in advance and cant be as spontaneous as he used to be.
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