It looks like we might be part of a growing trend. According to a recent story in the New York Times, there appears to be an increasing number of families that are limiting themselves to a single car. The article states that these new one-car families are motivated by high gas prices, costs associated with owning a second car, and concern for the environment.
From the article:
But there are signs of change. Brian Gluckman, a spokesman for AutoTrader.com, a leading automotive Web site, said more buyers were moving to one car.
Until the last three months, Mr. Gluckman said, that car tended to be a midsize S.U.V. or crossovers. He said AutoTrader.com’s more recent data showed buyers shifting toward smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.
Robert Sinclair Jr., a spokesman for the New York regional chapter of AAA, agrees that “we are witnessing a major sea change in both the types and number of vehicles on the road.”
The couples interviewed in the article discuss some of the complications associated with running a household, ferrying kids, and getting to-and-from work while sharing one car. Besides ride-sharing, some are using transit as well as walking and cycling to make it all work.
“We bike, car-pool, walk or take a cab if we don’t have access to the car,” Ms. Willis said. In a pinch, she relies on her brother who lives nearby, and they rent a car a couple of times a year.
We’re using a similar mix of modes including cycling, walking, transit, and driving. We’re also more carefully organizing our schedules to avoid “double-booking” the car for times when it’s required.
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