>>2125648>Europeans don't drive but only because they don't have to.
yes, they dont have to and that's one reason, but it's not the "only" reason.
the expense of owning a car is probably the main reason people dont drive. insurance, fuel, maintenence, registration. running a car is simply a cost liabilty and sucks.
i've lived in nyc for more than 25 years where I only relied on public transportation, and i've lived in california and other parts of the country for quite a while as well, where I had no option but to drive anywhere.
cost being the main factor, preference is very psychological. people who are comfortable driving and grew up doing it, cant imagin getting on a bus or train, they wouldnt even know where to buy a ticket or how to do it and get nervous at the thought, likewise, people who rarely drive, and have public transportation conveniently available will be more comfortable doing that, and will be nervous at the thought of driving, or parking. parking in any major city is a nightmare no matter how much you want to drive.