Topic 61  30 November 2018  Cars and Getting to Work

[Commuting means travel to work every day]

1. In Sydney some people spend two hours every day commuting to work. What are the commuting times like in some cities and countries you know about?

2. Some people actually move to another city or town to avoid commuting for a long time every day. Would you do that? They also pay higher rent to avoid commuting. Would you do that? Why?

3. Do you prefer to catch a bus, or a train, or drive, or ride a bicycle, or walk to work or school? Why?

4.Do you think fares in Adelaide are expensive? Can you compare the fares here to some other place?

5. My car was a bargain. It only cost me $2100 with not too many kilometres on the clock. How much are you willing to pay for a car? What kind of car would you buy? Why?

6. Somebody hit my car while it was parked in the street. The repair would cost more than the car, so I'm not fixing it. Now I call her Miss Patch. Can you describe a traffic accident that you have seen? [When, where, why, what actually happened ... "]

7. In many countries people ride bikes to work, but not much in Australia. Why are bikes for commuting not popular here?

8. How long does it take to drive from Adelaide to Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin .. ? [Check on Google]

9. Some people like long distance driving and some people hate it. How about you? Why?

10. In 1965 I had a very boring job in Canberra. So every weekend I would stand on the highway and hitch-hike. Sometimes I even reached Adelaide hitchhiking like this. I met some interesting, and sometimes crazy people. Not many people hitch-hike nowadays. Why has this changed? Have you ever hitch-hiked? Where in the world is it OK to hitch-hike?  


61. Cars and Getting to Work  ©Thor May 2018