Public transport commuters are happier than private car owners

Believe it or not – joyrides are best enjoyed in taxis or buses. Imagine free random comedy and drama on your way to or back from a long day. Spotting different people and being in a position to create new relationships from small talk.

Contrary to popular belief, owning a private car is more stressful than using public transport. Especially now that our current president is the king of inflation. Don’t get me wrong but long drives along the mountains and the shorelines are for upper class individuals. Paying at least R30 to get to the next town sounds like a dream in an economy like ours. Taxis do not only offer cheaper mobility and free entertainment. But if you choose the right seat, who knows? You could find yourself with the love of your life. The cutest stories are ones that are found in unconventional places.
The power of small talk should never be underestimated. Where else to practice that power other than the most public spaces? A future business partner could be sitting right next to you and you would not know it unless you spark conversation and find that you have the same business interests.
This is to remind young adults who are at risk of falling for the “when are you getting your own car” trap. If you cannot afford it yet, enjoy the perks of a public commuter.

By Destiny Manda

3 thoughts on “Public transport commuters are happier than private car owners

  • January 15, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    It’s nice, until you’re sitting at the back of a taxi and a big boned individual has no choice but to join you there 😹

  • January 23, 2019 at 1:57 am

    It’s nice if you’re doing it from the sense if “let me not drive my car today I feel like socializing”. But when your aim is simply to get home after a long day those small talks, loud co-passengers and rude taxi drivers will annoy you. Let’s not even mention the broken taxis that fill you with anxiety the moment you step because you’re not even sure it has breaks.

    I disagree with this article, I think private car owners are much happier than public transport commuters.

  • January 23, 2019 at 4:54 am

    I totally agree. I think the first thing to consider first before anything is the economy, the same way it would be less financially strenous when using a lift club public transport allows for proper budgeting. With regards to the social aspect of things, we’ve come to live in a world where people have no sense of Ubuntu anymore and it goes as far as people not simply greeting anymore. So even though one may not always be in mood to socialise and that you have a choice to simply greet and mind your own business. Safety is still a great concern and so much still needs to be done.


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