Until I was 13 and we moved to Australia we didn't have a car. It was walk/bus/train it for everything.
We lived in Petts Wood, Kent until I was ten and then we moved to Forest Row in Sussex. School for me was always a good half hour walk away (those were the days when a six year old could walk by themselves).
I can manage without a car today if I had too. The same as I can manage without a mobile. I believe that we in Australia have become so soft that we need convenience everything; heaven forbid that our 'dial a pizza' becomes too expensive due to petrol costs that we have to get up off of our butts and go and pick it up ourselves!
The news doing the rounds today is of the CSIRO report that petrol might hit $8 or more a litre by 2018.
Ye Gods and Little Fishes!
The world is about to end because we may have to catch a bus to work!
Dammit people, think outside your own little bubble for a minute; you have ten years to prepare and change your lifestyle. Start now and keep adapting so that the impact of ever increasing oil prices is minimal to your family's life.
As I have said 'elsewhere', Go learn a new skill: quilting, knitting, gardening, tanning leather, forestry, cobbling shoes or even learn to keep fish. Don't just sit down as prices rise and whinge. Australians are do-ers; Go bloody do something then!
I think this turned into a vent!