Background: My bicycle is my main vehicle of transportation. I live in an area with many paths friendly to cycling and utilize them wherever I go.
This topic surfaces a lot when talking to one of my friends, who owns a car himself and uses it every day. Needless to say, his arguments weren't that strong, mainly appealing to something I don't really do.
But, I've always wondered: is a car worth it? See, I don't know how to drive, but I know general traffic laws, since I ride in the streets. There's only two locations I'd like to go that would be something a car makes convenient and they're both family. The problem is, cycling isn't the best transporter in snow or long distances, which I currently alleviate by riding the bus. It's also a burden when looking for jobs, since I have to look for jobs close by or within the bus routes.
Another factor that I thought about was money. It's my understanding that buying a car, gas, and insurance for it costs a decent amount of money that I'm currently allocating to savings.
So, I'm not that convinced that I should get a car at this very moment, but I have concerns that, eventually, a situation would rise up where a car is necessary* and, since I wouldn't have one or even know how to drive, I would have to pass it up. My question now is: should I invest in learning how to drive and buying a car soon? What are some factors that I should look for so I know that I should finally decide to learn?
* An example of a situation would be when moving to another location far away from my job or receiving a life-changing job offer that's either far away or requires a car.