I'm trying to switch away from driving as much as I can nowadays, but there's a reason why people do it, especially with kids that have to be places. Ultimately, I don't think it's the issue with driving - it's the issue with cars being polluting. My next car is definitely going to be electric if possible.
And the schools they attend tend to be in a catchment area, meaning they’ll live near enough to probably not need a car and can walk at the very least.
There are buses that go down almost every road in London, with varying routes. I can only imagine it’s worth driving when in the outer boroughs, but for all intents and purposes I’m assuming we are imaging someone driving an SUV in a very congested area, where public transport is prolific. Unnecessary.
Its an issue with the structure of cities. If you let the free market decide the structure of cities with minimum regulation for over half a century, and with no concern for the environmental externalities, you get cities with sprawling suburbs and in which driving becomes a necessity.
If you make a decades long plan for the city, that makes the city go moderately vertical, doesn't give space for suburbs, but provides the other amenities of suburbs like green spaces and quiet, and consistently invest in public transit, you get cities with low environment impact and low commute times. You also avoid the problems of loneliness and social isolation that single people now face because they are forced to rent in suburbs, leading to a worse society for everyone.
I know a lot of people who drive instead of walking every single time, even when the destination is not more than 200 meters away.
Almost every day I see drivers parked on the side of the road, who, when they need to get to the other side of the road, get in their car and drive. Holy shit, the road is like 6 meters wide, and and crosswalk is never far away. How lazy can they be?
A lot of them find it too complicated to shut their engines when they're waiting for somebody, or when they go inside a store. They don't listen to music, they're not using AC (all windows are open), the weather is fine. This can only be explained by entitlement and laziness.