This post is in collaboration with Land Rover
When I was little I thought all mums drove four wheel drives or big cars. I remember each afternoon at primary school the street outside the school would be littered with 4x4's. It continued when I went to high school. We had a drop off roundabout and each morning and afternoon it was like a never ending conga line of 4x4's. It seemed if you wanted the world to know you're a mum you'd drive a four wheel drive.
I've never actually owned a four wheel drive. When we we're younger we had a few different cars. but never a 4x4. As an adult I've only ever owned small cars. My first car was a "jellybean car" and for the past few years I've had a Tiida. I could never get my head around driving a big car. I used to affectionately call the Tiida the school bus when I got it because it felt so much higher and bigger than the jelly bean. Yes I can hear you all laughing at me through the computer. I never wanted anything bigger because I've never needed anything bigger.
However, now that I have a bub I'm starting to second guess my aversion towards big cars. The fact that I need everything but the kitchen sink when I leave the house has a lot to do with it. We went on an overnight road trip when she was a couple of weeks old and the car was so packed full of stuff I'm surprised T could see out the rear window. We had to take the bassinet, rocker, nappy bag, pram, spare bottles and formula and not to mention our own stuff. Considering the pram alone normally takes up the entire boot and her car seat takes up half the back seat, it was a very strategic effort to get all the rest to fit in. I can certainly see the appeal of a bigger car and I've only got one child. I can only imagine I'll be more drawn to them when we have more than one. So, pre-empting my future need to purchase a 4x4 I asked some mums who already have one what the benefits are.
According to other mums the top 5 reasons they love their 4x4's are:
- It's easier to put babies and kids in the car seats because they're up higher (no bending)
- Room to carry lots of things
- Can fit 3 car seats in the one car
- Feels safer for long road trips
- Like being up higher (because you can see around vehicles in front of you more)
It's funny how your priorities shift once you have a baby. When buying a car previously none of those things would've been features I was after. Now there's a lot more to consider, and all of those benefits would be at the top of my list. I'm almost certain that we'll be going down this route very soon. Especially if we're lucky enough to have the three children we've always wanted. I can't imagine having 3 kids in car seats in my car - actually I think it'd be physically impossible.
Daddy also has this grand idea of driving around Australia for a year. By "driving" he doesn't just mean on roads; he means dirt tracks, beaches, mountains and creeks. We'll definitely be needing a 4x4 for that, one with great off-road performance like the Land Rover 4x4. No reason why I can't get the benefit out of driving it before then, right?
Are you a mum who drives a 4x4?
Do you have any other benefits to add to the list?
*Disclosure - this is a paid post in conjunction with Land Rover
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