Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Why mums drive four wheel drives

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:

  1. It's easier to put babies and kids in the car seats because they're up higher (no bending)
  2. Room to carry lots of things
  3. Can fit 3 car seats in the one car
  4. Feels safer for long road trips
  5. 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?


Toni xx


*Disclosure - this is a paid post in conjunction with Land Rover
Land Rover is a highly respected brand with a proud range of capable and innovative vehicles with a reputation for legendary off-road performance.

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20 comments:

  1. I don't drive a 4x4, although we have one - but I do drive a "bus", and have done since I had to upgrade from my beloved commodore.

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    1. We had vans when we were really young, but I think I'd be too scared to drive one.

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  2. Hubby is a 4x4 man from way back (he's a truck driver, big is what he does) but since we moved to Oz he's been zipping around in a little Suzuki Swift which while cost-effective to run, doesn't really do much for his image! Meanwhile, I drive a 15-year old mummy van with dents in every panel ;)

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    1. Ha Emma, I totally can't imagine him in a suzuki swift! Lucky he drives a truck in between.

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  3. We have an AWD, but it's big and high and I love the safety and view I get in it. We also have a smaller bomb for zipping here and there :)

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    1. Big and high used to be the exact reasons why I was opposed to having one, but they seem to be the top reasons why people love them.

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  4. I have a small car and I swore I would never buy a 4x4 given that we live in the city. But now that I have a baby I can see the appeal. Who knew they came with so much stuff! My wee car is packed every time we go away.

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    1. I know right! So much stuff for such a tiny little person.

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  5. I squish 3 seats in the back of my camry!!
    I would love a bigger car like a kluger as I can only drive my 3 around and it would come in handy for playdates but I am practical and would rather have a holiday than a new car!!

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    1. I don't think I could fit 3 in mine. Hers is a compact carseat apparently and its still wider than the seat.

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  6. We have a sedan and are I recently drove my brother's 4wd. Whilst I can see the upside of the 4WD, I also found that it requires more space getting in and out of car spots. We almost got stuck! Thankfully we didn't.

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    1. True, I probably would forget about that and get stuck.

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  7. I have an AWD but it's almost as big as a 4x4. We got this car just before we had Little E as I drove a Mazda 2 which was much too small, it didn't fit the pram, if I wanted to go shopping there was no where to put it and I was concerned about the safety aspect with a baby in the back an absolutely nothing between the road and the back seat bar a tiny little hatch back boot. Love our AWD for the space inside, but I also love driving my husbands sedan every now and then.

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    1. Mine is a hatchback too but thankfully the pram just fits into the boot.

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  8. So true. I always used to question the same thing - why do mums drive 4x4's. It seemed like a massive cliché. Now that I drive 4x4's at work and enjoy piling in 4 kids and a baby, prams, bikes, toys, the kitchen sink - I know that I'd never be able to achieve that with a small car. Plus I do like being up higher. When I drive the commodore I always hate having to try and negotiate a sleeping baby out of the back seat because they never stay sleeping!

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    1. I always thought it was a total cliché too.

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  9. I don't have a license so don't have a car but Paul has a Berlina and it is brilliant for boot room. My parents have a 4wd though and I'm such a short arse that I get my brother (who is 15 and towers over me..not fair!) to buckle Dyllan into his seat because I can't reach properly without getting up on the side step.

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    1. Oh yea I didn't think about it from a short person's perspective!

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  10. We have a Pajero and I love it. I like being up high for starters, but also it gives us freedom for weekend adventuring. We can literally head down the beaten track, and go places we never could go in a smaller car.

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    1. Yea I like the idea of being about to go over to Stradbroke Island and drive along the beach. Not as in love with the idea of driving up mountains or through creeks.

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