How To Survive As A Single Car Family

Have you ever considered becoming a single car family? Executive Editor, Amanda Carter Gomes, shares how her family of 4 has made it work for years, and why she has no plans to change.
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Have you ever considered becoming a single car family? Executive Editor, Amanda Carter Gomes, shares how her family of 4 has made it work for years, and why she has no plans to change.
Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

We have been a single car family for going on 6 years. Initially, I was hesitant about the transition, worried about emergencies and conflicting schedules, but most of all I was worried about management. Management of my time, management of the calendar, management of my family...it all felt very overwhelming.  

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Yes, I work from home; and yes I live in a city where there is easily accessible public transit. But even with larger metropolitan amenities, it can be challenging to have one vehicle for a family of four.

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Now that school is back in session and my schedule officially packed, I rely on uberX for the days when meetings and appointments take me out of my neighborhood (which is often). 

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

It is a last minute life saver (like when our only car did manage to break down a few weeks ago), affordable (you personally confirm and approve your rate), safe (when you set pick up location and a driver is confirmed, you get the name of the driver and their plate number, and their contact info if you need it for any reason), and quick and reliable (your driver's ETA is sent along with the confirmation). 

Now that I have access to all of these things, I realize I am not willing to sacrifice any of it when it comes to my transportation.

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

We have decided the benefits to having only one car far outweigh the cons. No second car payment, a smaller carbon footprint, no additional car insurance, and with services like uberX it never feels like a inconvenience. 

I can get to a meeting across town, then work from my favorite coffee shop and head to my son's school to walk him home, all within a day's work. This is a way of life to which we are now committed, and for our family, it works! 

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

If this is an idea you are considering, below I am sharing a few tips for crossing over to single car territory. 

1. Compare schedules and transportation needs and see where and when you can combine trips. 

2. Rely on services like uberX (and uberFAMILY) for trips when scheduling differences arise. 

3.  Communicate and be patient! It will be a work in progress, but eventually it will become second nature (promise!). 

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

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