Are there too many cars on our roads
Since I have been driving I have noticed that the amount of cars on the roads has been increasing every year, this I guess correlates with reports from motor authorities who claim that new car registrations in the UK are increasing every single year. The result is congestion.
I was looking at some old photos of my street, they are from about 10 years ago, it was snowing and we took a few photos outside when you could see right to the end of the street. Almost every drive had a car on it, and there was two cars parked on the curbs either side, only two for a good 150 yard stretch of road, a Mazda 5 and what looks like a Saab 9-5 in the distance. This photo was taken at night time, so I am assuming that most people will have been at home, however now, when you look outside on the same street, it is a completely different story. Every house has at least one car on the drive, and then there are cars parked back to back on both curbs. Further more the roads adjacent to my road are jam packed as well, including cars that belong to home owners on my road. As I drive around the city I realise that this is common, and the norm everywhere.
The amount of roads where two cars couldn’t pass each other for cars parked on the roadside is staggering. Last Saturday I drove to my moms and in one 5 minute journey I found myself in a situation where there wasn’t enough room to pass a driver coming in the opposite direction, meaning one of us had to reverse to make space, three times. Three times in one 5 minute journey! Crazy. Therefore I have decided that I am going to really make an effort to cut down on unnecessary car journeys and you should two. If its the choice between a few minutes in the car or a 15 minute walk, choose that latter, its better for you and hopefully it will free our roads up a little bit. I have also spoke to the wife about maybe getting rid of one of our cars and sharing one instead, as we rarely need to use both at the same time, but then she suggested we sell both and get a Toyota Urbancruiser instead, so I immediately changed the subject and wont ever speak of it again. I dare say there are many people in that same situation , who could easily help the situation and make a bit of money in doing so, not to mention the benefits for the environment.
May 13, 2015 / admin /