As my upcoming flight looms in the near future, I cannot help but think of the pros and cons that each method of transportation has. Some people prefer one method to another, while some will take whatever is easier, faster, or cheaper. Most of the time, however, level of ease, speed, and expense will all be inversely connected – meaning you cannot get all three in one. Let’s analyze the most common forms of transportation.
The automobile industry has always been large since personally driving has been the most popular form of transportation around the country (and world). It’s easy to see why driving a car is the most common form of transportation. Once you have attained your license and have access to a car, the freedom is all yours. You can drive to any point on a map (via a street, or even off-raoding if necessary), you can pick up other passengers, and you leave and drive on your own time. The downsides to driving include price of gas, car maintenance, and insurance. These can get very pricy especially in certain areas or types of cars, not to mention the initial price to buy or lease the car.
Next is the first form of public transportation mentioned – the bus. Bus passes tend to be relatively cheap (depending on the bus and where it is going), but it limits one’s freedom. The bus will follow its strict path, which means that if it stops at your exact destination, then you’re set. Just walk off and you’re there. However, in most cases, you will need to walk X amount to reach your destination from the bus stop. Here, you get the cost-efficiency of a bus ticket, but you still need to walk or find your way to the end of your desired place.
Train tickets may be more expensive than bus tickets, but you don’t need to worry about possible traffic or delays on there lad, since it runs exclusively on train tracks. Trains will only stop at train stations, which are not usually people’s ultimate destinations. Similarly to the bus, you will need to find your way to the end of your destination from the train station. But its quickness is tough to beat, that’s for sure.
For longer trips across country, airplanes are the way to go. Upsides include extremely fast trips (ex. 2 hour flight compared to a 12 hour drive) and a very scenic view! The airplane window allows you to overlook the common world from a bird’s eye-view. However, downsides include expensive plane ticket prices (ESPECIALLY around the holidays), cost of transportation to the airport, and long lines for security and baggage claim. Additionally, delays are evident during rough weather and causes chaos for many in the airport.
New app and car service called “Uber” is changing the game. As a next-generation taxi service, Uber allows you to find a driver in your area as the push of a button, since it is a smartphone app. The driver will come to you, and you can get to wherever you need to be. Attach your debit or credit card to the service and you’ll never need to worry about having cash on you to pay for a cab. Downsides included surging fares that get exponentially more expensive during busy hours of the day or night. Inclement weather can be cause of this, which means you’ll be paying more for the Uber when you really need it.