If you are like me and had the unfortunate event of losing your car to an accident, you will have to quickly learn to survive without one. At first, it may seem impossible, you ask yourself questions like “How am I going to get to work? ”, “How am I going to run any errands? ”, “How am I going to afford a replacement car? ” and “How the hell am I going to have a life? ” Losing a car for me was like losing an arm or a leg. There are plenty of people today who live long happy lives without arms and legs.
So the key to survival is to not let this handicap you and take from the quality of your life. When you live your life with such dependence on a single material thing, and that certain thing is taken away, you may feel like your life has been stolen from you. The first thing you need to do is take a period of rest, a day or two will suffice. This is especially helpful if you have suffered a tragic accident in the event of losing your car. Relax, take into account that you have lived your life before a car came into it, and you can live without it.
If you are feeling depressed about your loss, seek support in friends and family. After you feel you have accepted your situation, you will need to find a temporary means of transportation to all of your obligations in life such as work, school, and every day errands. If you live in a city, this will probably not be the most difficult of tasks. If you do live in a city, buses are a great way to get around. In my city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, they run me to and from my classes and can even get me a single block away from my place of work.
I highly recommend you invest in a bus pass, because they pay for themselves within a week, fit in your wallet easily, and you don’t have to pull out a dollar fifty every time you hop on a bus. If you do not live in a city, and buses are not an option, you may want to think about investing in a bike. Bikes are inexpensive, economically friendly and fun! However, during the winter seasons, depending on your area, they are not the best choice of transportation.
Another option of transportation for most people are their friends and family. I have the luxury of having a generous mother who will, most of the time, drop everything to take me somewhere and plenty of friends who go to the same social gatherings as I do that are willing to swing around the corner to scoop me up. Explain to your friends and family your situation. If you are lucky, they will be more than willing to help you out. Carpool whenever you can.
If you can, throw in some money for gas as your driver will greatly appreciate it and will be more likely to help you out in the future. As you can see, life without a car definitely has its downfalls, but let this be an opportunity for you! Get some exercise on a bike, save some money on gas. Taking a bus can be a fun experience too. You will realize that life goes on, and that surviving without a car isn’t as impossible as many people make it seem. I’m sure if you follow this process, you will probably forget you even had a car in the first place!