I'm sad to admit that I am a car owner, and not a sensible eco-friendly car either. I have a 13 year old product of detroit that I cannot wait to unload forever. I would love to not have to own a car, and I know many people that don't, but in the meantime I can choose not to drive the beast. I don't know how many miles I average, but for the last three months I think it was about two miles, and that was to have new brakes put on.
Every summer here in Yosemite, an ungodly amount of people pile in to the Valley and sit in hours of traffic to reach whatever destination they think they're going to get to, only to find absolutely zero parking anywhere. By the time they make the loop, which is about seven miles, they will have waited about four hours idling in traffic. It is the biggest nightmare and at the end of the day, a dark cloud of exhaust hovers over our beautiful granite monoliths. Nothing I have said here is an exaggeration!
My car, however, sits serenely in its spot, it knows it's not going anywhere. I can never care about gas prices because I hardly ever have to fill her, maintenance is very minimal, pollution on most days is zero! I have a bike that I love almost more than anything that gets me where I need to go in the quarter of the time it takes anyone in a car between the months of april and september. Oh the joy of weaving in and out of traffic, speeding by, I can't help but to slightly mock everyone stalled in traffic. Sometimes I openly mock them, because they can't catch me on my super fast bike!
When the weather is bad, or there is snow on the ground, I walk! Simply put, park your car and give her a pat, let her know that she's been good and now she deserves some time off. A lot of time.