In many ways, owning a car is great.
– You can get from A to B in double-quick time (at the speed limit, of course).
– You can take your family on road trips around the country.
– You don’t have to walk home laden with shopping bags after visiting the supermarket.
And we’re sure there are other car-owning benefits you can list yourself.
But despite the advantages of owning a car, there are stresses to consider as well. We list a few of them below, alongside some helpful suggestions to help you overcome them.
Stress #1: The expense of driving
Your bank balance was probably healthier before owning a car. Not only do you have insurance and road tax to pay, but you will also have fuel costs, maintenance bills, and unexpected costs to pay too. And by unexpected, we are referring to parking tickets, speeding fines, and the price of new seat covers when your kids empty their juice all over your car!
Unfortunately, driving will never be cheap, but you can make life easier for yourself.
So, you might want to renew your insurance policy every year if you can find a cheaper offer elsewhere. Be sure that you don’t pay for coverage you don’t need, too.
When it comes to your fuel, consider using your feet for shorter distances, and download a fuel app to find the cheapest gas stations near you.
To cut down on maintenance bills, drive safely! You should also get your car serviced regularly so any future problems can be dealt with before your bank balance takes a massive hit later.
And for your other expenses? Avoid fines by using a parking app to find cheap and legal places to park your car, and update your satnav, so you know where the nearest speed cameras are. And as for your kids? Give them water, or if they really are desperate for their juice fix, put plastic covers over your seats to protect them from spills.
Stress #2: Other people
Why should other people cause you to stress?
Well, think about the other drivers on the road who pull out in front of you. Or think about the drivers who get angry with you when you make mistakes on the roads. You can become both the instigator and the victim of road rage when you’re out in your car.
Then there are those people who get annoyed at you for driving your car short distances. “Think about the environment,” they will shout at you as you tootle off down the road.
And what about your partner or your teenage kids who lose your car keys after they have taken your car out for a spin? They might have dinged your precious motor en route as well!
In all kinds of ways, other people can cause you stress.
People will always get in your way, but you can manage them.
So, use these road rage tips to protect you and other drivers on the road. And be sure to brush up on your driving skills if you regularly incur the wrath of other road users.
Remember that the environment is worth saving, so don’t be too mad at the people who accuse you of destroying the world. Don’t drive if you don’t need to, and use these eco-friendly suggestions to benefit your bank account and the world around you.
And as for the people who share your car with you? Well, encourage them to get a car of their own or, at the very least, get yourself some spare transponder keys in the event of any losses. Your teenage kids might also need a few advanced driving lessons too, especially if your car is looking a little worse for wear.
Thanks for reading, and happy driving!