TOEFL Essay Topic 106 - You need to travel from your home to a place 40 miles (64 kilometers) away. Compare the different kinds of transportation you could use. Tell which method of travel you would choose. Give specific reasons for your choice.
Advances in science has thrown before us a number of options for covering distances, whether long or short.The type of
Advances in science has thrown before us a number of options for covering distances, whether long or short.
The type of transport to be used for covering distances depends upon a range of factors like distance between the places, time and money constraint for travelling, availability of different mode of transports, time taken for travel, safety considerations and number of persons travelling.
To cover a distance of 40 miles,the various options I can think of are on foot, by bicycle, by motorcycle, by car, by bus. The longest time taken for travelling this distance of 40 miles will be taken by foot and the shortest will be by car, but again as the number of person travelling is one and that is me, therefore, car will not be a feasible option as it will be underutilized and will prove to be costly in the long run because of high fuel consumption and initial cost. A bicycle will be cheaper from the point of view of initial cost and nil fuel consumption but will take much more travelling time apart from causing physical fatigue, therefore, this option is ruled out. A bus will prove to be a cheaper mode but the flexibility is limited regarding timing of arrival and departure whereas, a motorcycle will be economical but wil not be safe to drive on highways.
Therefore considering all modes of transportation available and taking into account various factors mentioned above,I will prefer to use bus as it will be safe and economical, although it suffers from drawback of flexibility.