I haven’t owned a car for over 10 years.
I still drive every once and a while, but I live in downtown Toronto and pretty much everywhere I go can be easily accessed by public transit, biking or even… walking.
And to be honest, I love not owning a car. There’s no cost in my life for monthly lease payments, upkeep, gas or insurance. I never have to worry about finding a parking spot. I’ve never gotten a ticket for walking or biking too fast. If I stumble randomly on some friends and want to have a drink, I don’t have to worry about my car. I could go on, but I won’t. Let’s just say I find many more advantages to not having a car than having one.
But every once in a while I do need a car to transport large/heavy things or to get somewhere that’s not easy to do via public transit. Luckily, it’s not hard for me to access a car should I need one.
This was the case last weekend when I went to go spend the weekend up at my cottage with my family. I borrowed my step-mom’s car and hit the road. It was a gorgeous day outside and it was on this drive that I realized there really is one thing I miss about driving.
For me, there’s nothing better than being on a long drive at highway speeds on a nice day with the windows down and the stereo turned waaaaaaay up. There’s just something about taking a long drive on a nice day with some music you really love.
That may sound weird, because yes, I can listen to music while I walk, bike or sit on the subway. But it’s just not the same. There’s something about moving at 100 km/h or more, feeling the wind blast by and just jamming out to whatever music you’re in the mood for that day.
In fact, I may even say that one of the highlights of going up to my cottage is that drive I get to do back and forth.
However, since I live in the city and most of the time driving down here would be stop and go, this is still not reason enough for me to bother owning a car.
When I was younger my dream job was to do A&R for a label (in fact, I would still love to do that). Me and my buddy always said that the ultimate test for an album would be the “drive test.” Jump in the car, open the windows, start driving and crank it. You get a real sense for how the good music is that way.
And yes, that is a scientific musical experiment. Fact.
So, if you ever want to go on a road-trip with me, I’m happy to do so… as long as the music is right.
And on the same topic, I’m always looking for some new good music to cruise to, so do me a favour and leave a comment with your favourite album to cruise to currently. I can’t wait to see what you suggest.