Monday, December 29, 2014

One car households

We have two cars in our household. One is my husband's (the DaddyWagon) and one is mine (the MommyBus). I use my car to go to work, sit in traffic, drop our son off at school and run errands on the weekends.

I'd like to be able to take public transportation to work, but it's not available where we live. So, we stick with two cars. But that might not always be the case.

A new study by KPMG predicts that within the next 40 years more families will have only one car, instead of two.

I was a late driver, not getting my license until I was 20. At the time, it was just my mom and I living together with one car. She used the car to get to work, and I walked to school and work, which were both close by. In college, I lived on campus and walked everywhere. (That was probably the healthiest time of my life with all that walking.) It wasn't until I had almost graduated that I had my own car.

My son, on the other hand, tells me that he thinks he will start driving when he is "around 10 or 11." (I don't want to crush those dreams yet.)

It's kind of hard for me to think of how much life would change for us with only one vehicle. I think about the times that my car hasn't started in the morning, and I've had to borrow my husband's. Or about taking a trip away for the weekend with my own transportation. Or even about what it would be like to have a teenager who is dying to get out of the house. How would only one car change all that?

How many vehicles does your household have? What are the pros and cons for keeping it that way? Let me know in the comments.


  1. We have 2 cars as well. For a while when we first met, we both had junker type cars that needed to be in the shop a lot, so we had to share a care for a week at a time. We hated it!! We each like having the freedom of having a car to use, for whatever, no matter where the other might be. And right not its a necessatiy as my husband works odd hours, and his hours change from week to week, day to day, and we have 3 kids. So he needs to be able to go to work, whenever, while I need a car to do kid running around and errands and everything else. I think we would only go down to 1 car, if one of us wasn't able to drive at all.

    1. You make an interesting point here, Heather. With three kids and a working spouse, who would get the car? What if there was an emergency? Since I live in a city without public transportation, I have a hard time wrapping my brain around this topic. Thanks for sharing!

  2. We have 2 cars. One to get my hubby to work and one for me and the kids. Maybe when we're older, retired, empty-nesters we can trade in 2 cars for one but until then, I'll stick with my van that fits friends, bikes, bags, etc.

    1. In addition to our two cars, we also have two motorcycles. We need a bigger garage...