Are you car-free and carefree?
Olga Sheean is a longtime Modo member, author, empowerment catalyst and relationship counselor, specializing in the human dynamics that drive your circumstances, relationships, performance and success. She teaches a unique system for powering up and getting you really motoring in all areas of your life. www.olgasheean.com
Driving yourself nuts? Or are you car-free and carefree?
by Olga Sheean
How on Earth did it come to this? Massive lumps of mobile metal lining all the streets. Cars sitting idle for days or weeks at a time. Single shoppers driving SUVs downtown, sitting bumper to bumper in traffic while pedestrians overtake them, walking at 2mph. Toxic emissions fouling our air. Road rage bursting out of stressed bodies that sit unmoving as their vehicles stall and crawl their way home.
Going car-free has given me a whole new perspective on life, bringing things into focus as if I’d just started wearing glasses for short-sightedness. Things become clearer and you wonder how you didn’t see the madness of it all before. It’s also forced me to clean up my act in healthy ways. I bike almost everywhere, unless it’s pouring rain. I walk to all my favourite local haunts and I actually stop to chat to other human beings. I take the bus downtown for meetings. For everything else—out-of-town trips, weekly shopping expeditions, moving house etc—I get a Modo car, truck or little runaround. I don’t have to worry about parking; I don’t have to pay costly insurance; and I don’t even have to pay for petrol. (I’m from Ireland, where petrol is that smelly expensive stuff you put in the tank and gas is the fun you have with your friends; with the right crowd, it’s great gas, altogether.) And there’s something wonderfully liberating about being able to rent a zippy new Fiat 500 for shopping in the neighbourhood, an SUV if I’ve got family visiting and want to show them the sights, and a Dodge Caravan for picking up some new furniture—all for the same amazing, all-inclusive, hourly Modo rate.
But there are things you can’t do with a Modo vehicle, and it’s important to be aware of these limitations before making the crucial lifestyle switch to a car-free, carefree existence.
Here are some things that you shouldn’t even attempt to do, using a Modo method of transport:
- Checking out where the new girl at work lives. If you want to remain incognito, don’t use a Modo car. The distinctive logo really stands out and your booking will be on record. So, not a good idea—although your resourcefulness might impress the girl, as long as you’re not actually stalking her.
- A bank heist, using a Modo vehicle as your getaway car. Not advisable. Given the wireless tracking on every Modo car, you’d be located within minutes. While there’s the obvious advantage of being able to book a large van to stash all the moolah, it just wouldn’t be practical. You’d have to find other transport to take the money to a really good hiding place, and having to return the van to its original location could really cramp your getaway style.
- Using Modo for your work as a private investigator. Stake-outs and surveillance are very unpredictable, so using a Modo vehicle is not ideal. You wouldn’t know how long to book it for and, if you ended up having to pursue your target, it would be very annoying to have to give up the chase when it was time to return the car. Plus, once again, the distinctive logo would get you noticed and make it impossible to tail someone inconspicuously.
- Going on a one-way Thelma & Louise The Modo fleet has lots of nice new vehicles with oodles of mileage left on the clock. So it would be a shame—and very annoying for other users—if you decided to take yours over a cliff and not return it (especially if it was one of their nice convertibles). Yes, it might feel wonderful to drive like a lunatic, with the hood down and the wind in your hair, and to never have to go back to a husband who drives a smelly pick-up truck with dog hairs all over it, but think of all the other Modo vehicles you could try out, with lots of other girlfriends …or the nice clean truck you could rent to move to a place of your own.
- Getting to your high-stakes poker game. If you’re very, very good at poker, this might be okay. If not, it could be dicey. If you lose big and run into debt, they’ll want to take your car as payment. When they demand the keys and you hand over the Modo fob …well, things could get messy. Although you wouldn’t lose your car (because you don’t own one—yay!), you might lose some teeth or maybe even some kneecaps. If you get blood all over the seats when you’re driving home, you could even lose your Modo membership, and then where would you be? Stuck at home with dentures, sore knees and no wheels, that’s where.
So, if you’re partial to any of these rather risky activities, think twice before you switch to the Modo car-free, carefree lifestyle. Clearly, it’s not for everyone. But if you’re not a compulsive gambler, a stalker, an undercover PI, a bank robber, or a frustrated housewife who’s reached the end of the road, it just might be for you.