When I lived in Melbourne pre-kids I could and have done. I think with kids if we were there 1 car would be do-able.
Since moving to WA, even pre kids, 2 cars is essential. Even when we lived in a regional centre with a few busses. Where we are now I drive about 400km a week and DH about 1000km.
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19-08-2013 15:30 #61
19-08-2013 15:42 #62
We could but would make life more difficult.
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19-08-2013 15:43 #63Senior Member
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Yep. We only have one car. I hardly ever drive, I walk everywhere with the two kids. I walk to the gym, doctor, dentist, shops, library, hairdresser etc.
When I am not on mat leave, I catch the bus to work and walk home.
The school my daughter will attend next year is only about 500m away so we will walk there.
19-08-2013 16:02 #64
Nope. I love having it here, that ability to drive when I need to. But also I just love my car, cars are a passion of mine and I've always had at least one at a time.
Also however we don't have public transport and are too far to walk anywhere.
19-08-2013 16:08 #65
No, I drive an hour and a bit to work. If I was to use public transport I'd have to use a bus and 2 trains. The time it took on public transport would be ridiculous and outside of DDs daycare opening hours. So for us it's physically impossible.
19-08-2013 16:09 #66
I could, but it wouldn't want to.
We live in a fairly urban part of suburbia. I can walk to the majority of essential places: supermarket, gym, park. I would have to change my kids to a different preschool though. We are about 1km from train station and bus is just around the corner.
Before I had kids, we lived even closer to the train and facilities. More than once, I would find my car with a flat battery from lack of use! I rarely needed to drive, and if I didn't have to I wouldn't.
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19-08-2013 16:11 #67
Yep. I did for a long time. I only got a car start of last year, the year my daughter turned 7 and I turned 26.
I don't think I could do it now... Not without giving up my job.
Life is so much freaking easier and more free with a car!
It would have been okay living inner city or fairly close to... But not otherwise.
19-08-2013 16:21 #68
I could never not have a car we are not in walking distance of anything. I had a flat battery last Friday so ds1 couldn't go to school and ds2 missed out on group time at early intervention. Dh works up to an hr away so needs his own car also.
19-08-2013 16:22 #69
Errr no. We actually have 3 cars between us and DH catches the train to work. I guess technically I could use public transport.... But between school, Kindy, dancing, karate, shopping etc. that's a lot of buses to catch :-/
19-08-2013 17:15 #70
No!!!! I love the independence having a vehicle gives me. I like knowing that I can go anywhere at any time at the drop of a hat.
I am also highly allergic to public transport.
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