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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Family Cars

This is a guest post from Kimberley Watson. Kim is a proud mummy and wife herself, but when she gets chance, she’s also a keen writer, having graduated with an English degree. As a bit of a free spirit, she believes travel is the key to a happy life, and she’s going to make sure her kids see the world, too. On the off chance she’s not writing, with the family or off exploring, you can find her curled up with a good book or enjoying some delicious treats. Her 20-year-old-self would be kicking her for not saying ‘partying’, but sadly that’s just not true anymore! You can find her on twitter here

Getting around on public transport can be tricky, even at the best of times. But when you factor in one, two or even three-plus little ones, that trickiness can soon switch to a full blown nightmare. As your kids get older, the demands may well get tougher, and often, it’s through no fault of their own. We’ve put together a list of reasons you might want to reconsider your stance on not getting a car…
They’re Not Actually All That Expensive
By the time you factor in regular travel on trains, where the costs are ever increasing, it’s hardly any cheaper than driving. Sure, you can find some pretty sweet bargains in advance, but since you don’t always know when you’ll need to hop on one, sometimes that’s just not possible. Unless you’re very brave, you probably want to avoid coaches as well – although there are some great companies out there, the schedules aren’t always ideal for local day-to-day use. So, by investing in a car, if you’re carrying multiple people it’s cheaper than each person buying a ticket. Insurance, maintenance and petrol add up, sure, but so do train tickets. Once you’ve got it, it’s already paid for as well, so there’s that. Try using a second hand website like thisisads, ran by Local World, because you’ll be able to find some great deals locally so you won’t have to travel far. You should also use this Government website to protect yourself from any nasty shocks when buying used cars
They Come In Really Handy For Everything
Daughter started guitar lessons? Son decided that he loves reading so much that he’s going to raid the library of his permitted eight books per week? No problem. You’ve got a car, you can manage. Other really cool uses are packing in the friend your kids have begged to come for tea, getting everywhere on time (traffic and life’s little disasters permitting, of course), stuffing all your groceries in and generally getting anywhere the pesky little bus routes don’t go. If you live in London, or a big city, that might not be an issue, but some more rural routes only operate at peak times, leaving people stranded otherwise for long durations. Plus, unless you’re going through toll roads, you never need to have loose change ever again.
They Can Be Safer
The last thing you want is to be hanging around bus stations at all hours of the day and night, and heaven forbid it’s your child expected to do this. You can always drive off in sticky situations and lock your doors when you feel unsafe. Plus, you don’t have to walk through dodgy areas. As long as you follow some simple tips, you should be alright. Finally, as a driver, you’re in control. You know you have your children’s life in your hands, but that’s okay – they ARE your life, so you’ve got it well and truly handled. 

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