If you had asked me a year ago, I would have sworn that we could never get by with only one car. I’m home all day, it’s true, but if you’ve ever had to take kids grocery shopping, you’ll understand the necessity of running errands during school hours. Despite my misgivings, we are about to embark on an adventure that some would call insanity; spending the summer as a one car family.
We currently have a minivan and a Durango. The van is a reliable vehicle and gets decent mileage for what it is. The Durango is neither a reliable vehicle nor one that gets good mileage. It is misery on wheels.
We bought it from a friend a couple of years ago. He warned us that the AC didn’t work and that no one could diagnose the problem. It wasn’t ideal for summer time travel, but it was bearable. We’ve put a lot of money into expensive repairs since we bought it. Then, because I’m just that lucky, the windows broke. We’ve decided not to put any more money into it while we decide what we want to do with it.
To recap, our incredibly expensive to drive and maintain vehicle doesn’t have a working AC or windows that roll down. In Georgia. Needless to say, nobody will be driving that this summer.
How am I going to manage summer break with four kids at home all day with no vehicle? Great question. I’ve put a lot of thought into the issue and came up with a workable solution.
The key factor will be planning. My husband’s job schedule is very stable. It would be much harder to make this work if he worked erratic hours or shifts. By sitting down with him, and working out the errands that I’ll need to accomplish during the week, we can allocate most of them to the weekend when he’s home or combine them into one day when I drop him off at work.
I will also increase the number of items that I buy online. Let someone else worry about driving. I’ll just be hanging out here in my nerdcave.
There is one benefit to this whole mess. By combining errands into one trip, I’ll be saving money on gas. If we can make it through the summer with only one car, we are going to consider getting rid of the Durango permanently.