I started on a bit of an experiment three years ago looking into whether I needed a vehicle. For the first year I took my truck off the road and went completely without. For those of you looking to lose a little weight - its a quick 5 pound loss doing this. Walking to the grocery store and cycling handled the majority of my transportation needs. Public transit is available and although it is poor, it is an option when a bike is not a good plan and walking takes too long. There were occasions when my distance was too great for a bike or the weight was too much or the bus just didn't go there. Year two and this year I put the truck on the road for the summer when I need it most. If I need to haul big items, that is when it gets done. The lesson I learned is to ask the question of whether I need the car or whether I use it because it is convenient to do so. Everyone's situation is a little different, but could you forgo your vehicle? If you have two or more in the family, could you survive with one? If you answer these questions truthfully, you can probably save a lot in gas and insurance.