Minimalism for Drivers

Never take advice from minimalists who don’t like driving

Straight road

I’m a minimalist. Whilst I cringe when associating with anything popular, I can’t deny my connection to the ideology. At first sight, there appears to be a conflict in reconciling my love for driving with my desire for minimalism. Look deeper and this isn’t so.

As you transform into, or recognise that you have always been, a minimalist, it’s hard to escape the rhetoric that abandoning the car is the first liberation such people profess. The Car becomes the poster child of consumerism, a bourgeois essential, the slippery slope to an insurmountable debt, premature balding, and a very late retirement.

Whilst I can’t deny that for city-dwellers there is some merit in throwing the car under the bus, so to speak, the assertion becomes idiotic when the proposed solution is simply a downgrade to cheap old car, or to be happy with your 2006 Toyota Camry. I’m calling bullshit, some people just don’t like driving.

Receiving car advice from someone who isn’t a Driver is like Warren Buffett receiving advice from someone who just paid off their credit card debt.

In its purest form, Ride Hacks is about minimalism. We stand for the driving experience above everything else. For most of us, this is about discovering rental cars that match the driving experience we’re seeking.

Don’t mistake our love for seeking temporary driving experiences as contempt for those who buy expensive cars. If you are a genuine enthusiast, the privilege of owning a hand-crafted Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz AMG, or Porsche, can be just as fulfilling as choosing a Rolex over an Apple Watch. It’s a function of intent.

Appreciating the heritage of Horology and the craftsmanship of a Tanner may result in paying over $5,000 for a watch and $1,000 for a pair of custom boots. Such people can still be minimalists. As can someone who purchased an expensive car with the same intent, passion, and enthusiasm for the art of automaking. However, the road divides when someone drops $10,000 on a Rolex because they want to look like a baller, or buys a convertible BMW to raise envy amongst their neighbours.

Minimalism is about reducing consumerist waste — the distractions that draw us away from appreciating human ingenuity, craftsmanship, and connection. Whether you need to own a car entirely depends on your life decisions — city/rural, single/married/kids, domestic/international travel, and so on. At Ride Hacks, we only make one assumption: you love driving. If you do, we hope to make the discovery of driving experiences almost as enjoyable as the drive itself.

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