I’ve lived in Boston for over 13 years. During those years, I’ve probably gotten behind the wheel of a car 13 times.
Mostly, I love not being a driver. Being car-free brings many of the same benefits as being childfree. Fewer complications. Fewer expenses. As a non-driver, I don’t need to worry about excise taxes, car payments, the price of gas, or parking.
But there’s one thing about not driving that’s started to bother me: the lack of independence. All too often, I wind up sitting in the back seat of a friend’s car–or, worse, my parents’ car–feeling like an eleven-year-old. And I have to coordinate my schedule with Boston’s mass transit system.
I’m a fearful driver, and I don’t want to be. So I joined Zipcar about six months ago and started practicing. Boston is a tough place to ease back into driving, but as some friends have told me, if I can feel confident driving here, anywhere else will be a breeze.
Today I’m making my first foray onto the highway in a while, heading down to Providence for lunch. I’ll let you know how it goes!