The advantages of not owning a car are several which I am sure are missed by people who have chauffeur driven cars who literally sit back to read the day’s newspaper or talk on their mobiles. The only risk perhaps is they are not aware that the man behind the wheel is eves dropping and is likely to pass on the information to his colleagues/ friends. The first advantage is whenever you hire a car, more often than not, the driver is different and so is the car depending on your requirement . It may range from the smallest to the largest, similar to the economy and executive class of an aircraft.
You get to hear stories and stories from the drivers who fill your ears until you reach your destination, all l that they need is just a little prompting from you. The other day on the way to Mylapore, a street dog suddenly ran across the road forcing the driver to slam on the break even as he was cursing the creature. Perhaps the incident immediately reminded him of something that took place a few days ago where a fellow driver was involved .’’ You know amma, you should never interfere during a quarrel , whether it is between people or dogs . My friend saw two dogs fighting fiercely on the street he lives and he went near them in order to separate the canines and one of them furiously charged at him and had bitten away all the flesh on his hand. He was admitted to the hospital bleeding profusely and it took him two months to get back to work ‘ he said all in one breath. ‘’Similar is it with people, especially between two women, ‘’he added and there was no time to elaborate on it because we had reached our destination by then.
Other advantages we experience are not having to dance to the whims and fancies of drivers working for car owners .You don’t have to miss attending meetings and cultural programmes when the your driver fails to turn up !Most importantly taking care of your BABY which means preventing dents and scratches on your car costing several lakhs which is not possible in Chennai chaotic traffic!.