Avoiding Extra Trips

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September 15, 2016

No-Car DayI have summers off, as I am a teacher. During the school year, I use my car every day during the workweek, and on the weekends to do chores or visit friends. This summer, I decided to do an experiment. I decided to see what would happen if I didn't use my car one day a week. I have discovered that this is a really good idea for many reasons. If I decide to stay home:


  1. I can catch up on domestic chores such as cleaning, sewing/mending and organizing. I also spend a lot of time in my garden.

  2. I have the time to go through all the recipes I've clipped and either discard them or try them out.

  3. I can e-mail or phone friends I want to catch up with.

  4. I've rediscovered the many exercise DVDs I have and get a good workout at home.

  5. I can get a head start on lesson plans for the coming school year.

  6. I can read a great book (I joined the summer book club at the library.)

  7. I can relax and enjoy nature in my backyard.
Of course, just because I'm not using the car doesn't mean I have to stay home. I have found that places I always thought were too long to walk to really aren't. I've walked almost 4 miles to the supermarket and back home for a few things. It took less than 1/2 hour each way. While walking instead of driving, I noticed flowers, trees, and storefronts that I missed otherwise.

Before I tried this experiment, I used to get really bummed out if my car was in the shop for servicing. Now I know that there are a lot of options if a car is not available. I also feel good because I'm helping the environment and saving resources.

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January 13, 2012

One of the banes of my existence always has been forgetting key items and taking multiple trips back to the house from the car when on my way somewhere - usually making me late in the process.

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September 1, 2004

I am the grandmother of 6 of which 3 stay with us most of the time and are school age. Last year, a much learned lesson was learned by Grandmother.

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