We are under no illusion that giving advice about transport is a big task. But, we will cover this huge subject – moving from A to B and onward!
One way or another, the vast majority of the population will need to travel from A to B, sometimes several times a day. There are varying forms of transport available with differing costs of using it.
No matter what they say, the transport systems and policies in most countries are NOT integrated as well as they could be.
Traffic-free zones might serve to improve environmental aspects. But, they do not generally serve the motorist well. Too much thought and too many words get spoken about the advantages of the car-free zones. Even so, not enough gets done for the motorist who then has to find a way around already congested roads.
Roads are choking, and it will continue as the population growth exceeds investment in the transport networks. We do not need new roads. We need a new look at how those roads get used and how to make better the use them.
Transporting People and Things
This section deals with the transportation needs of people, animals and goods. Most of us have all tried to get some item or other from (or to) our homes or workplace. Often, it is easier to find a transport solution for living beings than it is for inanimate objects. Utilities such as water, gas, and electricity are all transported too!
Using public or private transport is the single most choice that many of us need to make about transportation. Financial constraints are often the deciding factors when making long term or regular choices and commitments.
But, how well do we weigh up all the costs involved, meaning the financial and personal costs. We are spending longer traveling in our chosen mode of transport. The amount of time commuting to and from work is getting longer and at a great cost to us personally, and to the country economically.
Bus, car, or train is the basic choice that most of us have to make with our regular needs, such as commuting. Public transport costs are rising, the roads are choking, but we still have to get to our employment at given times.
Flexi-time working, which is possible for so many people, could change the way many of us decide to travel. It could also give us more available free time.
Standard Methods of Private Transport
- Motor Cars
Standard Methods of Public Transport
- River Transportation
- Domestic Routes Airlines
Next to a house purchase, car ownership is our largest expenditure. The actual cost of buying is generally there for us to see. But, the true cost of owning a car and using a car is not always realized, or often ignored.
Everything that moves, goes wrong at some point. If not, it will need regular maintenance and checks to ensure that it does not. It is somewhat ironic that the less you use your car, the more it costs you per mile during the course of its life.
One the other hand, the use of public transport means you pay a set visible cost. You buy your ticket for a given price, and the rest is up to the transporter. As a rule, there are no hidden costs to worry about, unless you are booking an airline ticket.
Some of the aspects to cover in this advice about transport section will include…
- Car ownership and the true cost
- Vehicle Insurance
- Comparative costs per mile of various forms of transport (public and private)
- Time elements for various journeys
- Alternatives assessed