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5 Reasons Why Mommas Should Drive Big Cars

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I grew up with sedan as our family car. My dad is not fond of big cars and opted for the “bigger sedans,” if there is such a thing, as a family car. Apparently, my husband is different, at least in car choice. He prefers bigger cars over the smaller ones since according to him, mas may gamit

I have to admit. At first, I felt a bit intimidated driving SUV. It is bigger, more masculine, and harder to park. At the same time, I can’t easily swivel my way and do the “moves” when in traffic. But when my eldest daughter started going to school plus the demands that come with having kids, I realized bigger is better – and here’s why: Big Cars1. Seating Capacity – Unlike small cars that can house up to five persons, SUVs or crossovers have extra seating capacity. This could come in handy especially during weekend dates with your kids and their classmates, carpooling, playing chauffeur, or during family trips.

2. More Spacious – I only have two kids yet their things could occupy the second and the entire back row. Since I became a mom, the definition of “pack light” got lost in my dictionary, especially when they were younger. I even brought a foldable crib during one of our out-of-town trips – together with our gigantic luggage bags, stroller, walker, and you know what I mean. 

That is one advantage of using a big car. Big cars are more spacious, which means there is extra room for everything. If you have more than one kid, they will be more comfortable too because of the space and bigger leg room. Oh, and you know how they could get during traffic and long trips, which leads me to the next one. 

3. Ideal for Vacation or Road trips – We never had an out-of-the-country trips yet so vacation and weekend getaway means road trips somewhere up north or south. When we do, we make sure we use the bigger one for convenience.

That is the beauty of bigger cars. Because of the seating capacity and extra space, you can easily toss your things and still fit in the kids. Aside from convenience, bigger cars are more comfortable to drive on the road.   

(Read: Brand new vs. Second-Hand Cars)

4. Works Best During Gazillion Errands – Being a mom means doing and accomplishing things all in one day. That includes trips to the grocery, buying stuff for kids, looking for a gift for your child’s classmate, paying bills, and the list goes on. Regardless of where you’re going or the things you need to do, you are sure that everything, including yourself, could fit in. 

5. Increased Safety – SUVs are bigger, higher, and have more weight, which could be beneficial during challenging road conditions and inclement weather. Think about when classes are suspended and you have to pick up your kids in school while braving flooded streets. Or going on road trips where rough roads are inevitable. A big car could make it easier for you to maneuver especially when caught in these kinds of situations. 

Owning a big car has pros and cons. After driving SUV for years, I realized that this is a better option. Of course, no one can impose upon you the type of vehicle you should drive. The choice will always be yours. Still, at the end of the day, it is all about kid-friendliness, comfort, and functionality.  

Ayi

A former law student turned stay-at-home mom of two. Join me and read my adventures as I go through this crazy world called parenting and mommy-hood.

15 Comments

  1. Louisa Mercado

    First, I have to learn how to drive but I think I would also like a big ride.

    24 . Feb . 2016
  2. Mommy Queenelizabeth

    I love driving cars big or small! And i love driving the bigger ones now especially that we are getting big as a family. I started driving at 13 years old (without license hahaha) And started driving an owner type jeep, then a sedan, then when my Dad bought a hi ace van i drove it too, i was the one who taught my husband to drive our SUV. Now we had a new van and i love it even better! We always go out with my side of family and my in laws, and we can fit in perfectly in one vehicle with all our things rambling inside! It’s fun! 🙂

    24 . Feb . 2016
  3. Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag

    I now love big vehicles because we have 3 kids already. Car seats are our first consideration plus their bags/things. Plus the adults who can fit in aside from me and my husband. But I still do not have the courage to learn how to drive. hahaha

    25 . Feb . 2016
  4. gilian

    I’m afraid to drive. haha..but I’d love to have a pick-up in case I’d be given the opportunity to drive big cars. I can put big things at the back, and put products whenever I go from one province to another, and sell them when I go back home…haha

    25 . Feb . 2016
  5. msbolin

    I am so afraid to drive. My mom would always remind me to enrol Na since I would be the one to bring the boys to school this coming school year (to save on school bus fee). Nway, if I would buy my own, I will choose a sedan.

    25 . Feb . 2016
  6. Neri Ann

    Learning how to drive is on my bucket list. So I need to learn how to drive first before I could drive a big car. 🙂

    25 . Feb . 2016
  7. Rowena Wendy Lei 林露薇 (@animetric)

    I used to drive a Pajero and it was good because I didn’t get bullied on the streets like I would if I were driving a smaller car.

    25 . Feb . 2016
    • Ayi

      I agree, especially when it comes to bus drivers na sobrang reckless.

      26 . Feb . 2016
  8. mumwrites (@vixquips)

    big cars are really ideals for mums. it is convenient as you can simply lug all your kids’ essentials in it, too. i must learn how to drive first, though. Jared’s dad was lecturing me previously about the shifting gear + I thought it would take a while for me to learn the ropes + finally drive on my own! 😛

    26 . Feb . 2016
    • Ayi

      You can do it momma! 🙂

      27 . Feb . 2016
  9. Lique Dimayuga

    We recently bought an SUV, all for the same reasons… the sedan didn’t fit the 4 of us anymore, lalo na nung may yaya pa kami.

    26 . Feb . 2016
  10. EINz

    We choose to have pick-up truck for business and personal use. I don’t know how to drive and doesn’t think I can manage to drive this one. I agree that driving a bigger car is intimidating and harder to park, so I am just a passenger at the moment. =)

    26 . Feb . 2016
  11. Viva Kitchen Goddess

    I’d go for a an SUV also since it can fit a lot of people and stuff 🙂

    02 . Mar . 2016
  12. Mommy Roxi (@MommyRoxi)

    I LOOOOVED my big car. It’s the ultimate mommy-van, a Toyota Previa. But the expenses for gas and maintenance was too much! I had to sell my baby and use a smaller car instead. 🙁 Now it’s much more difficult to travel, lalo na for overnight (or X # of days/nights!) trips.

    07 . Mar . 2016
  13. Patty | MrsC

    I’m happy with my small car because it’s easier to park lol. But I do miss the large windows and mirrors, and the extra space I had when I drove a mommy-van!

    30 . Jul . 2016

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