Becoming a single car family!
We have 2 vehicles and becoming a single car family wasn’t something we have even discussed yet. It is just sort of… happening. While pregnant with the “Newborn”, we discovered that the van I have been driving is in serious need of a new tire. So much so that Hubby does not want me to drive it because it is unsafe. Being very pregnant and then recovering from delivery, I didn’t go anywhere. So the van just sat there. We aren’t the kind of family to just happen to have money lying around for a new tire. So we have been putting it off for more than 6 months! The van is now just a sort of “back up” car. On days when there is a doctor appointment or grocery shopping that needs to be done, Hubby takes the van and leaves the truck for me or I drop him off at work and keep the truck.
Right now it seems to be working out for us and we may just be “phasing out” the second car! I wanted to share this experience with you and hopefully give you all the confidence to make a change in your life. Here are some things that may help.
Benefits of being a single car family
- Possibly one less car payment
- Only one car to keep up on maintenance (oil changes, tire rotations, etc.)
- No need for duplicate car seats or switching them from car to car
- Get more exercise by walking to the park, post office, library etc.
- Saves money on insurance
- You do more together as a family, more outings traveling together (travel time can be quality time!!)
- Bonding with your kids by talking while on walks
- Teaching your kids to be eco-responsible and stay active
Tips for making one car work for you
- Schedule appointments for the times when the primary driver is home.
- Set a specific day to do regular errands like grocery shopping, etc.
- Consolidate errands into one trip. Grocery shopping, post office, refueling, doctor visits etc can be done all in one trip if you plan ahead. This will also save even more on gas.
- Communicate! Have regular discussions about what events are going on so that you know what you are available for. This will avoid having to cancel due to lack of transportation.
- Know your neighbors. Have a list of people who could help you out in a pinch, in an emergency or whom you can borrow sugar from if you run out.
- Have cash on hand for public transportation, just in case.
The drawbacks you should consider
- Walking isn’t always practical depending on the weather.
- Cabin fever. You can feel trapped in your own home sometimes.
- Schedule conflicts. You and your other half may need to be in two places at once. This could result in inability to attend some events you may want to be at.
Have you thought about making a big change like this? I would love to hear from other families who make one vehicle work!