A few days ago, I spotted a curious tweet from AOL Autos. Although American in origin, it stated that in 2013, more people took public transport than ever before. Naturally asking the question as to whether cars are still cool – I thought I’d put together 10 reasons why they very much are……starting with:
They are beautifully designed
Cars are still at the forefront of design. They still epitomise the craft and elegance of true design work and, although the process is not as based within craft as it once was, there is a lot of skill that goes into designing a car. Take the new Jaguar F-Type – many say this is the most beautiful car currently in production. A lot of stunning cars take their cues from art, architecture and history.
They still provoke an emotionally response
Following on from this, car’s also provoke emotional responses in people. Whether it’s because of their beauty, their sound, their comfort or the memories contained within them – people form connections with cars.
They sound amazing
Going back to the F-Type – have you heard it?! There’s something primeval and very satisfyingly raw about the sound of a car engine.
They are the epitome of personal freedom
You can get in a car and go anywhere. When you’re 17 and the world’s your oyster, having a car and learning to drive seems about as adventurous as it gets….the road of life stretches in front of you – and having the personal freedom a car provides is a wonderful stepping stone.
They are sometimes the only ‘you’ time you get in the day
Our hectic lifestyles mean we don’t really get much time alone. Whether it’s your family, your friends or your workmates, we are constantly surrounded by people, and driving can sometimes be the only way we get time to ourselves. In the comfort of our own car, we are free to listen to whatever music we like and think about whatever we want to think about – having alone time is for many a great reason to have a personal car.
Look at all the roads!
The roads around the UK are some of the best in the world. Who wouldn’t want to explore them with a car – you can see some wonderful scenery, reach wonderful towns and cities and connect with loved ones from all corners of the country. For a small country, we underestimate how well connected we are.
People enjoy having a physical interaction with their journey
Sitting on a train or a bus is all very well, but we are essentially passive, and we don’t feel we’re really contributing anything. Combined with the fact that many people are not very good passengers, the end result is that we’d rather be actively making the effort to get from A to B rather than let someone else do it. Personal freedom is a big element here.
Inherent need for personalisation
People need things if their life that they can truly call their own. The ‘owning a car’ cliche may have become tired, but the truth is people want to be able to be proud of something and take ownership – customising and altering to their heart’s content.
The need for speed
People like to go fast. We’ve seen over the many decades man has pushed limits in terms of travel, that speed is good. In moderation, we want to control this speed too, so if we can drive something that goes fast we feel much more comfortable than being passive.
Driving can be expensive. It doesn’t need me to list to you why, but if you weigh it up, it doesn’t often come out much more than other forms of transport. Bus tickets and season train passes are very very expensive – the personal freedom and choices driving your own car provides often far surpass shelling out on public transport.
Many people will continue to own cars to many years simply because they’re fun, they appeal to our instinctive need for speed and in many cases they’re the cheapest way of getting from A to B. Add this to the fact they provide the ultimate expression of freedom in travel and you’ve got a mode of transport which will stay the way it is for many years.