$10 a gallon, could you imagine? It’s certainly been the spark for the eScooter Vs. everything else debate.
Double-digit gas is what some people are predicting gas will be in the next few months. And as much as we’d love to say that you’ll never see $100 fill-ups again, it’s simply not true.
All of this has led to a lot of people looking for alternative methods of transportation, and eScooters are quickly becoming one of the most popular options.
But is an eScooter really the best way to get around now? Let’s take a look at all of your options including drive share, public transportation, and leasing to find out!
eScooters: Worth the Hype?
The eScooter market will be worth nearly $41.98 billion by 2030, as per the study by Grand View Research Inc, and in two years’ time, eScooters and motorcycles will be 10% of all vehicles on the road.
And as eScooters increase in popularity, investor money is flowing into the industry.
Electric scooters start at around $300 for a basic model, but eScooter manufacturers and riders say all are not created equal. A more expensive eScooter will have a longer range and faster top speed, as well as extra features like Bluetooth connectivity and GPS. While cheaper models may only be able to go around 15 miles on a single charge, more expensive models can travel up to 30 miles.
eScooters are also dockless, which means they can be left anywhere and don’t need to be returned to a specific location. And if you live in a city with a Bird or Lime scooter-share program, you can find an eScooter pretty much anywhere.
But speaking as a New Yorker, eScooters are also very dangerous. If you don’t believe me, just go on YouTube and type in “eScooter accident.” You’ll find plenty of videos of people getting hit by cars, crashing into potholes, and flying off their scooters when they hit a bump.
A complete list of pros and cons of eScooters
- Cheap to buy
- Can be left anywhere
- No need to find a parking spot
- Not the most environmentally friendly
- Are as dangerous as they are fun
- Theft is a big issue
Ridesharing: More Expensive in 2022
Ridesharing is a great option if you need to get somewhere and don’t have access to a car. But as gas prices continue to rise, so will the cost of ridesharing.
In fact, Uber has already announced that it will be increasing fares by 20% in 2022. And while that may not seem like a lot, it will add up over time, especially if you’re using Uber on a daily basis.
To offset the rising costs Uber did announce they would be bringing back low-cost ride-sharing in major US cities, but it’s still unclear how much those rides will cost.
Public Transportation: Cheaper Than a Car?
Short answer: Yes
Long answer: It depends.
If you live in a city with an extensive public transportation system, then the answer is most likely yes. But if you live in a rural area, then public transportation might not be an option — and the stress might not be worth it.
You should also put in perspective “time vs money” into the debate. Commuting by car could potentially save you half the time depending on your situation.
Also consider how the method of commute affects work-life balance. For instance, I love taking public transit because I can read or do other activities that can’t do while driving a car. But a car does let you easily digest audiobooks and podcasts, so there’s that too.
Biking: A Great Workout and Cheap
Biking is a great way to get around, especially if you live in a city with bike lanes. But it’s not always the safest option, especially if you’re riding in traffic.
Nearly 1,000 bicyclists die and over 130,000 are injured in crashes that occur on roads in the United States every year.
Though we’re sure you’ll probably be fine, maybe.
Biking is also a great workout, and as any fitness enthusiast will tell you: the real gains are made outside of the gym when your daily life incorporates moving around!
A basic bike can cost as little as $100, and you don’t have to worry about gas or maintenance costs. But you will have to worry about getting your bike stolen, which is a big issue in many cities.
Leasing a Car: A More Expensive Option
Leasing a car is probably the most expensive option on this list, but it does have its benefits.
For one, you don’t have to worry about maintenance or repair costs, as those are covered by the lease. And if you’re someone who likes to have the newest car every few years, leasing is a great option.
One last thing to consider is that the cost of leasing a car is cheaper than the cost of owning a car. As reported by Forbes, the average monthly payment on new car leases is estimated at around $700.
But, of course, that’s only if you’re making your payments on time and not getting into any accidents.
Earlier this week Breaking Bad actor Dean Norris (who plays Hank) tweeted out that people should “shut up” about gas prices, after all, we got it pretty good in America.
And you know something? He’s wrong.
Gas prices are at an all-time high, and it’s affecting the way we live our lives. The only benefit from this is that it’s forcing us to re-evaluate the way we get around.
Many of us will still have to rely on cars to get around, but for those of you who have the option to try out something new, I say go for it! Just don’t end up in a YouTube fail compilation.
Thanks for reading!