The Positives and Negatives of Driving a Car

Despite the negatives of driving a car, many people choose driving a car as their main mode of transportation.

Alyse Berning, a student at the University of Oregon, drives her silver Chevy Cobalt only to a few places in Eugene. She only drives to the grocery store and to work. Berning said she lives close enough to campus to walk.

Berning said a negative of driving a car is the other drivers.

“You can’t control the other drivers, so you don’t really know what’s going to happen,” Berning said, “You only have control over your car, so it’s kind of scary.”

She also said she hates parking in Eugene because you have to worry about parking in the right spot and predict the amount of time you’re going to spend at your destination.

Some of the positives for this mode of transportation are it’s quick and the independence you get from driving your own car, Berning said. For her, the positives outweigh the negatives.

Compared to a bicycle, Berning likes her car more because it’s faster, she can bring along friends, carry more and go further.

“Cars are necessary,” Berning said.

Casey Jones, another Eugene resident who works at a surf and board shop, mostly drives his car to and from work. He lives close to several stores, so driving a car anywhere else is unnecessary for him.

Jones said the negatives of driving a car are gas, upkeep, and traffic.

“But for me, it isn’t that much for gas.,” Jones said, “I fill up once a month.” The real fear for Jones is getting a flat tire.

As for the positives, Jones also likes that he doesn’t have to rely on anyone else for transportation.

Jones also said he likes driving his car rather than riding a bicycle.

“I arrive place faster and I don’t have to worry about the elements,” Jones said, “I can travel vast distances and not be tired.”

The positives outweigh the negatives for Jones as well.

-Abby Bochsler

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