I wrote an article recently, and in it I talked about families with more than one car, and how that seems to be the norm. My friend Julie mentioned that it is just too difficult in her family, with kids and errands and chores, and their family needed two cars.
I’m not debating that fact at all; I think if you asked most Americans with two cars they would basically say the same thing that Julie said. That got me wondering, though, back to when I was a kid. I can only think of one family in our neighborhood that had two cars, and they were upper-middle class. All the rest of my friends, their families made do with one car.
Our family always had one car, and both of my parents worked. My dad took the car to work and mom took the bus. I took the bus home from school, and that’s just the way it was. If I needed to go anywhere, I left a note and rode my bicycle.
I guess my question to all of you is what has changed in the half-century since I was a kid? Why do Americans insist on having two vehicles? I am not judging; rather, I am curious what has changed in our way of thinking to lead us to this two-vehicle mindset.
I look forward to your comments. Again, I am in no way judging; I welcome your input to satisfy my curiosity!
Bev and I only have one car. Because of our commitment to living simple, we have decided to make do with only one car, and it has worked out fine. We arrange our schedules and somehow it works….and yes, Bev has a teenage daughter who is active in sports and needs rides to and fro….but somehow we make it work.
Anyway, thanks for your input!