When you’re a young independent guy, your car can often feel like one of the most important things in your life. It’s not just the four wheels that you use to get around, it’s a symbol of who you are, of your freedom and independence. The stereotype of a young guy being overly attached to his car might be kind of funny, but it’s also pretty understandable. Of course, as with everything else, that can change pretty drastically when you have a family of your own. Having kids can completely change your priorities in just about every single area of your life, your car included. Here are a few ways that your relationship with your car changes when you have kids.
Driving more safely
The thing that is probably the most noticeable when it comes to changes to your relationship with your car is going to be the way that you drive. Let’s face it, there are plenty of exceptions, but young guys aren’t really known for being the safest, most responsible driver in the world. However, once you have such a precious cargo on board, then the way that you drive is going to totally change. Gone are the days of opening up the engine and hitting high speeds. Now it’s all about being as careful, focused, and responsible as possible whenever you’re out on the road.
More frequent maintenance
When you’re young, there’s a certain charm to driving around an old clunker that’s barely holding itself together. You might be able to do a couple of bits and pieces to it so that you can keep it running, but you don’t worry that much about the strange creaking noise that the engine’s been making for the last couple of weeks. However, when you have kids, you want to make sure that they’re in the safest, most reliable environment possible. Because of that, you’re going to want to keep your car much better maintained. From constant oil changes to having tyre pressure monitoring systems to hand at all times, it’s crucial that your car is always running perfectly. The last thing you want is a breakdown by the side of the road when you’ve got a car full of kids.
Changing the car
Of course, you might have to go so far as to completely change the car altogether. Before you have kids, you might be incredibly attached to the gorgeous sports car that you saved up for over the years, but that’s just not going to do when you have to fit car seats, buggies, and who knows what else you might need for even the simplest trip out with the kids. Instead, you’ll want to find something with a whole lot more space as well as plenty of safety measures in order to keep your cargo as well protected as possible.
Of course, just because you have kids doesn’t mean that you’re suddenly going to stop caring about your car. In fact, one of the best things about being a dad is getting to share that enthusiasm with your kids. Who knows, maybe one day they’ll grow up with the same passion for cars that you have, and it can be something that you can share and bond over!