Mums have a lot on their plates, and juggling so many different commitments can be challenging at the best of times. On top of all that, working mums have work stress to contend with and childcare to think about. If you’re a mum tackling everything life throws at you, a car can be a lifesaver. In fact, the thought of catching a bus with the kids – and all their baggage in tow – is enough to fill licence-holding mums with fear. If you need any more persuasion, Izzy from PassSmart is here to share some more reasons why mums should take to the driving seat!
The school run
Getting the kids to and from school can be a daily challenge. Having your own car not only makes the journey a lot more convenient, but you won’t have to lug their bags around with you. On top of that, you’ll save time on your journey and won’t have to worry about missing buses. Of course, if the school is within walking distance, walking is a much healthier option, but knowing you’ve got a car for the rainy days is always a bonus.
Getting to and from the supermarket is much easier with access to a car, regardless of how close you live. No one wants to be struggling on the bus or down the high street with bags of shopping, especially when you have to take the kids with you too!
There’s also another kind of shopping made a lot easier by having access to a car. The fun kind of shopping, that is. When you do get a rare hour or two to spend some time shopping or out with friends, you don’t want to have to rely on lifts or wait for the train or bus. You can make the most of your time when you own a car because you can minimise your travel time and maximise your hard-to-come-by free time!
Being flexible and expecting the unexpected is an art which all mums learn very quickly. If, for any reason, you need to collect your child from school or nursery during the day, you want to be able to get there as soon as possible. No one wants to have to rely on someone else, especially in an emergency, and if you’re able to drive you won’t have to.
It’s nice to know you’ve got the freedom to go and do what you want, even if that’s sometimes not possible! Holding a driving licence not only means you can get out of the house, but it also opens up opportunities for the future. If, for example, you and your family ever decide to relocate, you’ll be able to visit friends and family back home.
It can be hard to keep the kids occupied during the school holidays, so if your options are open it can be a lot easier. Being able to take them to different places which might be a bit further afield gives you the chance to spend some quality time together, and keeps them happy!
We hope you’ve been persuaded to get behind the wheel in 2013, and if you have, we can only apologise for the inevitable “are we nearly there yet?” that’s coming your way!
This guest post was written by Izzy Guarella, who writes for PassSmart.com; the company who help learner drivers to find their perfect driving instructor.