I, for one, am beyond guilty for not ending this toxic love affair.
I'll hold my hand up and say I've been a little too cowardly to interrogate my own finances here. I own one car, but I almost exclusively use it on weekends — and even then, it's just to drive up to the supermarket and sort out my weekly shop.
Sure, I'll use it more often when I take a weekend getaway, or finally emerge from the Bondi bubble — but every time my car insurance and rego comes up in the year, I think to myself; is the cost worth the usage?
I'm pretty confident that if I sat down to work out the numbers, I wouldn't come out in the green.
And excess car ownership is a huge problem for our cities — with research linking the increase to decreased liveability, as well as negative environmental and personal finance impacts.
When surveyed, more than 69% of Aussies said they were concerned about these numbers — with the potential cost benefit of ditching a car being the number one factor why metro Australians would be motivated to consider reducing their car ownership (37%).
Participants will also be fitted out with personal health trackers to measure the health and wellbeing impacts of the trial.
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