Why Travelling by Car is Better Than Going by Train

Lefties always like to tell others that it is their social duty to use public transport and save the planet. But as one who is forced to use public transport on a regular basis I can tell you that it is, on a daily basis, an extremely unpleasant experience and anyone who can afford to should travel by car.
              These days the cost of train tickets is so high that when travelling alone, making your journey by car is, at worst, only marginally more expensive than travelling by train. But if you consider the benefits you will see it is well worth the extra expense.
              For example you don't have to suffer the unpleasantness of jumping onto a crowded train and being forced to stand right next to someone with a repulsive body odour - a person who probably hasn't washed in months. But on a train, this happens from time to time and you have no option but to just put up with it until either the smelly passenger gets off or you reach your destination. It is, I can assure you, a most disagreeable experience.
              Going by car also means that you don't have to share your space with people who shout into their mobile phones or those with personal stereos which are not in the least bit personal and subject you to an annoying chuck-a-tuk-chuck, chuck-a-tuk-chuck for your entire journey. They may be enjoying what they call music but you are being subjected to a constant stream of their electronic effluence because, even if they happen to be listening to a type of sound you like, you still only get the unpleasant electronic overflow. But, most importantly, going by car means you don't have to ride in a train and see some obviously aggressive and disturbed young men get into the carriage with their vicious fighting dogs secured by heavy chains and who then move up and down the centre aisle glowering at the passengers. As far as I know it's not illegal to bring one of these dogs onto a train and nor is it illegal to glower at the passengers. In fact, it's not illegal to do both. But no passenger can be sure the aggressive young man isn't going to set his dog on them. One might think that even the stupidest thug would refrain from setting his vicious dog on a passenger, but who's to say the young man behaving aggressively isn't on drugs and beyond the call of reason? If the dog were to be let lose and you were savaged by it, the young man might be arrested but in court he could claim that he is the unfortunate victim of a drug habit and the judge, in his wisdom, would show leniency and arrange for the young man to go into rehab. You, on the other hand, as the doctors tried desperately to stitch you back together again, would be relegated to a statistic and forgotten. After all, as a victim of crime, you would merely be grouped together with all the other unfortunate victims of crime and conveniently forgotten. What, I ask, can a government presently obsessed with performance bonuses and expense accounts, possibly do for a victim of crime?
              The list of unpleasant experiences those travelling by public transport are likely to experience in Britain is endless, so every time you buy a ticket for a journey, you run the risk of also buying a ticket to a miserable and/or terrifying experience. Going alone by car may be a little more expensive but at least you will have your space to yourself and won't have to put up with indignities forced on you by other people and the train companies. If there are two of you it is possible to save quite a bit of money by electing to travel by car and three or four of you making the same journey would make the whole idea of travelling by train rather ridiculous.


Even if your trip's not far,
Go by car,
And don't let the train,
Cause you pain.

---December 23, 2009---

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