What is the longest you have went without a vehicle?

United States
August 31, 2009 11:35am CST
Two years ago I had to sell my car due to not being able to afford to have it fixed. The fuel pump went out in it and I needed the money for bills anyhow. My husband has a truck for work and at first it wasn't so bad. He worked in the afternoons so I could get my daughter to her appointments and get myself to the stores and stuff. But now I have had to cancel countless appointments for her and myself. Today I was supposed to have 4 teeth pulled but my ride fell threw. I am so tired of having to rely on other people and have to bug people for rides. Have you not had a vehicle for a while? How did you cope?
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@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
1 Sep 09
ebike - Here is a picture of an electric bicycle something like mine. It runs on batteries.

Photo by DennisSylvesterHurd used by permission under Flikr Creative Commons license.
I have always had a car and I still do. For doctors appointments I used an organization here in town that provides transportation to elderly and disabled. My other alternatives are a bus which comes by my door which I have never used or taxi. I suppose I could beg rides from friends but their patience will soon wear thin. I just purchased an electric bicycle this summer and find it quite useful for short errands around town. The range is about 40 km because there are lots of hills in the city here, but it is great for going to the bank, grocery store, or the convenience store, or just for a pleasant ride around. I do not use it when it is raining, although some people do, and you not suppose I will be using it in the wintertime. Here is a picture of the electric bicycle scooter something like the one that I have, this is not me or my scooter as I do not have a picture of it. It does not require gas, license, insurance, parking fees as it is legally a bicycle.
• United States
1 Sep 09
That looks pretty cool. I can't do taxi due to money but I have thought about it before when I did have it. The scooter is good too for the enivorment as well.
• Canada
1 Sep 09
I used to like riding a bike but can no longer do so because of my health. I am not ready for one of those four wheeled disability scooters yet as they are too slow, maybe in my future. For now I will ride the electric bicycle scooter as it averages about 15 km/h speed, about the same speed as a bicycle averages. It was cold tonight and I went out for a ride but I bundled up and I was quite warm. Apparently it only averages about seven or eight cents worth of electricity to charge it up so it is very economical. As you say it is good for the environment because I am not putting any exhaust fumes into the air and not using gasoline.
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• United States
1 Sep 09
Wow seems liek it is a great thing to have all the way around. How long does it take to charge? It must save you on electricy as well.
• China
1 Sep 09
In fact, I like walking to work, even if I have a vehicle and no matter how far it is, as long as I have enough time. Walk is a good exercise for me. I also often walk in a strange city all day, to find out some interesting places myself, it is a little odd to some one, but I think it is fun. lol So, it is not a big deal, just take it as an exercise.
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• United States
1 Sep 09
I do agree that walking can be fun but a lot of people don't work or need to go to places that are in walking distance from their homes...I know that the shopping center that my boyfriend works at is about 6 or 7 miles away from us, he can't walk that everyday to work he'd have to leave a couple hours before hand and by the time he gets there he would exhausted...plus he wouldn't be walking through some great neighborhoods on the way.
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• China
1 Sep 09
Haha, I can walk all day long without a rest. I am used to walking now, so, as long as I don't have to hurry, I am very grad to take a walk. Viewing the buildings beside the roads is also a joy.
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• United States
1 Sep 09
Walking is something I enjoy doing but I can't take my disabled daughter on long walks such as the ones you speak of. She has cerebral palsy and it affects her legs so walking far distances is not easy for either of us. But I do try to get her to walk up and down my street it helps us both.
@hotsummer (10358)
• Philippines
1 Sep 09
we dont have any automobile. there were some times we will borrow or our relatives will need to have a place to park there automobile for some months and we had their automobile to use sometimes. but now it is already sold cause they need cash. so mostly we always just ride in public transportation. so i go far places by just traveling using bus.
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• United States
1 Sep 09
Where do you live? Is public transportation a more common thing then cars? I know some places promote it instead of driving yourself because of the enivormental aspect.
@hotsummer (10358)
• Philippines
1 Sep 09
from the philippines. here in the philippines you don't have to have a car to travel around even to far places cause houses are not far from main roads here. and not every body here have their cars. and even those with cars don't use them always to save from gas. but of course if you want to travel to far places like going to trip with a family and you dont have your own car or van , we can rent it from those people who have who want to earn extra money. cause people use their vans here rented by other people so that they will have extra earnings.
@Abhii88 (214)
• India
1 Sep 09
I am in Shimla,India and it's a hill station. I am usually more prone towards walking than driving because here maximum stuff you can do just by walking as vehicles are not allowed in the main city. So i am in a habit of walking. Also when i read something, i usually walk that too like hours. I remember once i and my friend were just roaming in the Mall Road of Shimla and from day to night we covered like 10-15 kilometers by roaming just from one place to other. It was fun and i had a good night sleep after that lol. good Day t you
@Abhii88 (214)
• India
1 Sep 09
haha the vehicles are not banned in the whole city. They are just not allowed in the market of the main city. Actually that is the center of attraction of the town. No vehicles help a lot to maintain the town's beauty. I wish it remains like this further too. And yeah that day was fun. I had a good sleep after that. Good Day
@sunny5u (2072)
• India
1 Sep 09
I am working.Due to the reason i didn't buy a bike because it is longer the distance and so i go in a company vehicle. If i buy a bike also i will be in office daily so may not be used daily. My father have a bike but i don't like to borrow from him. I want to buy my own bike. I am working hard for that. If it is a shorter distance like 1 to 3 kilometers then i will go buy walk other than that i will go by citi buses. If i don't have buses in that route. I take my friends bike.
• United States
1 Sep 09
Where are you located? I hear alot of people talk about rides bikes and scooters and what not. You don't really hear much about that from here in the U.S. I suppose many of us just prefer having a car.
@Abhii88 (214)
• India
1 Sep 09
I think he is in India :D Here bikes are a craze in some areas while necessity in others :P
@dreamr802 (987)
• United States
1 Sep 09
My boyfriend and I currently share a car...it works right now because I am not working but when I do start to work again, I don't know what we will do because now there aren't that many people that can drive me to work if I need it...so I will have to try to find a job closer to home...right now we can afford a second car.
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• United States
1 Sep 09
Yes it used to be easy to share but not so much now. I am trying to look into getting a car form a charity or something so I won't have to bum rides anymore. It takes a toll on myself,my daughter and my friends.
• United States
1 Sep 09
I know exactly what you mean, when my boyfriend is working and I need a ride or something I usually have to catch one...but I'm lucky that he works close enough that if I know I am going to need a car, I will just drive him to work that day so then I can use the car, it's just a pain because I have to make sure that I am there to pick him up for when he gets out of work and he hates to wait for long if I am running late for some reason. LOL.
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@thokius (426)
• Austria
1 Sep 09
Hello babyangie27, It is difficult to survive without a vehicle. I myself haven't got that problem since I am a free runner and I live alone. I run/ climb/ walk to work and my appointments. Well accept when I have to look good for a meeting. Then I use the bus. I hope you get your car back or get a new one. Cheers! Thok
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• United States
1 Sep 09
Thank you for the kind words,I do hope soon I can have my freedom back and have a car. I am on the hunt again today for a ride to take care of a few things I need to do. It will be three years with no car in a few months. I still can't believe I have went this long.
• India
1 Sep 09
The longest distance I have went without vechile is about 10Kms When I was in service I had prayer to god that I will come by walk from house to temple, For this I went by walk to temple from my house. The distance is about 10Kms from my house
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• United States
1 Sep 09
That is a very long way to go. I am glad you made it to temple. I have never been to temple so I am not sure what it is all about.
@k_petev (37)
• Bulgaria
1 Sep 09
without your vehicle you're nothing.Publick transport is too annoing.You loose your freedom...
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• United States
1 Sep 09
Yes in alot of ways you do lose your freedom. How long have you went without a car? And welcome to mylot I see you are kind of new. I hope you like it here,I have been here 3 years and love this place.
@mikeysmom (2093)
• United States
1 Sep 09
i am 48 and since i was 17 i had my own car that i always paid for with my hard work. my husband took my car to work one day and had a really bad accident and my car was totalled and we did not have the money to get another one so i was without a car for 5 months and had to get rides back and forth to work from family members. i hated it. i felt like i had lost my independence.
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• United States
1 Sep 09
Oh my! I do hope your husband is ok?? About a week after I sold my car the person who bought it totaled it. Well actualy it was her daughter that totaled it. It was a great car and it has been so hard to find people to take me and my daughter to all the places we need to go. Today I am in search of a ride yet again.
@Archie0 (4669)
1 Sep 09
Yes i too did not have my own vehicle for sometime, infact for a very long time, i had to walk a distance of about 1 and half hour and sometimes it was so much tiring that i could not bear the distance and felt so much bad.My dad gifted my sister a bike but never for me, i had to walk totally like this for one whole year later we shifted near by my college.
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• United States
1 Sep 09
So after that year did you ever get a bike or car? It seems sad your father gave your sister a bike and not yourself. I am sure that must have been hard on you. what college did u attend?
@ypyanyan (956)
• China
1 Sep 09
I am a student .In chinese ,little students have own cars.I always walk for my home is in the country.Before it was inconvenient to go to other place .But now it is much better than before . the road were fixed . I remember I walk 6 kilometers without a vehicle.
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• United States
1 Sep 09
Yes I have heard many who had to walk far distances to get where they needed to go. I am sure if you would have had a car that would have been better. I was talking more in like month,like I went 2 years without a car. Many have misunderstood what I meant.
• China
1 Sep 09
The longest I have went without a vehicle is about twenty kilometers, and my feet hurt for about a month after that.
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• United States
1 Sep 09
Wow that sounds pretty rough. But this topic is meant to be about how long as in,one month without a car something like that. I guess I worded it wrong or something because many have misunderstood me.
• India
1 Sep 09
All my childhood, we never had a car an would ride on my father's scooter. We would enjoy riding pillon. Now my father is no more and we have a small car that nobody knows how to drive. We have to call our chauffer every time that we want to go out. It really is difficult to depend on others.
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• United States
1 Sep 09
You have a chauffer? Is it like free where you live or do you have to pay them? I ahve heard many talk about a scooter.
• Egypt
1 Sep 09
It was someday at the beach you will not believe that I walked and friends for 23 km
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• United States
1 Sep 09
Wow seems like a long walk indeed,but I meant how long have you went without a car. Not so much how long did you walk or something without a car. Sorry for the confusion but welcome to Mylot!
@laken02 (3067)
• United States
1 Sep 09
I can relate to this, I have been without a car now for about 6 months, and I use to get so aggrivated. espically at my husband. I sold my car like you did, to pay off bills, and it was a great little car, cheap on gas, ect.. but things happened and i had to make a choice and well i let it go way too cheap. so now a million times a day i think, wow i wish i had made a different choice and kept my car.. but i did'nt so i have to live with this choice, so i decided to start rearranging all my appointments around my husbands schedule, he also works second shift. so when we moved closer to town, i found out walking is good for you and i have been walking alot, and it has been good for me, something i would not have done if i had kept my car.. that's the plus side.. the down side is i still have to depend on other people such as my mom, like on wed nights i always worry about getting to church, and she will take me, but its not like having the security of your own transportion.. so i finaly made my husband understand, that i was trying and all. but i really need to get me a small car back, i dont want a new one, just a cheap reliable car that will be paid for in cash like 800.00 or so. that way we dont have the car payment again.. going without a car payment is the best feeling the first car i had was paid off, and the one before it. so i really love being free of that.. but this time i will take better care of my car and make sure i check and change the oil as needed and appreciate it a whole lot more.. the money we saved on insurance has helped us get ahead, so im now looking for my cheap but reliable ride.... Good luck with your situation..
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• United States
1 Sep 09
I hope you find that car soon! I wish I could afford one. The one I sold was an awesome car too,cheap on gas and just the right size for us. Even if it was almost 10 years old it had barley any miles on it,I sold it for WAY to cheap! But I had no choice too. Relying on other people is rough no doubt. I am looking into programs that maybe would give me a cheap used car so I can at least get my daughter to all her appointments as she is disabled.
@trisha27 (3505)
• United States
31 Aug 09
It was about the same for me for 2 years without having a car. The reason was I had owed my dad some money for other reasons then the car and he took away my car. He said he wouldn't give it back until I payed him the money. Well, it was horrible and nothing that I could do about it because the fact that the car was under his name and not mine. Well anyway, during my time without a car, my husband had his, but he needed it for work and I did not know how to drive a stick shift and I needed transportation for work and school. But while I was going to school and work, our hours were different. So well, because the city had bus routes and everything, I just took the bus. I didn't know very many people who I could call upon to give me rides and I didn't trust people enough. The hard thing for me was during the winter when it was cold and wet and I had to walk through puddles to and from work and to school. My husband would pick me up after school. But then one day when my husband and I were visiting his brother someone had done a hit and run on his car and the bad thing about it there was nothing that we could do about it because the insurance did not cover a hit and run unless they caught the person who did it. And well they could never find that person. Well in the end we went for 2 years without a car taking buses everywhere and my husband never let me take the bus home alone because it was late at night. But I definitely hated when the summer and winter came along and there was a few times that I got sick for walking around during the winter and when it was wet. Well it angered my husband, me and my whole family that my dad would allow for this to happen. That he wasn't even willing to take a few payments at a time and that he would let me suffer like that. Even when the money that I owed him had nothing to do with the car it was another matter all together. When we did pay the money to get the car back and we still had no car, he did not want to give it to us. He was like there are some things that needed to be done. But we forced him to give us the car and allowed us to transfer the car in our name. So nothing like this would happen. I understand that sometimes parents have to give their kids tough love, but sometimes there's a line that needs to be drawn when your kids are struggling.
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• United States
31 Aug 09
It does sound like your dad was being quite unfair in deed. I couldn't imagine using the bus with my daughter,escpeically in my area which is not the best for sure. I wouldn't know what to do if she had a seizure on the bus and all that. I don't even have a cell phone yet so my that scares me even thinking of it. I am sorry to hear about all your troubles and I am glad you do have the car back now.
• United Kingdom
31 Aug 09
Well, that would definitely have to be all my life! I don't know how drive and I have always wanted to learn but it has always been a financial issue. I suppose as I have never experienced driving I have never really missed it! Still, I'm hoping to achieve this goal eventually. Andrew
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• United States
31 Aug 09
I sure hope you achive it and soon. Driivng has both pros and cons to it. Traffic,gas prices,insurance rates so on and so forth are some of the cons. However having the freedom to go when you please whenever you please is a very nice option!
@taztheone (1726)
• India
31 Aug 09
I used to walk a lot ever since my child hood. I used to walk to my school which was around 4-5kms from school. It was fun because there was my friends along with me. Then after shifting to a new city, since I had no vehicle of my own, I had to walk for around 30 kms because there was no bus to some places & even if there is, I don't know where to find one as I didn't knew the local language! Happy Lotting
• United States
31 Aug 09
Wow well your health must surely be well. Walking is suppsoed to be a great form of exercise. I would love to walk to the store but that would just not be smart with my daughter in tow. We live near a somewhat busy major road so that would not be a smart move on my part.
• United States
31 Aug 09
2 years...royally sucked.
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• United States
31 Aug 09
Oh so you ahd the same problem? How did oyu come about not having the vehicle?