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Finding the Right Car for Country Driving


Living and driving around in the country isn’t all about giant 4x4s and huge off-roading vehicles. In fact, choosing a smaller car is often the better option. If you’re about to make a move to the country, and you’re debating whether or not to invest in a new, bigger car, take a read of this and see if you’ll need that bigger vehicle. Most of the time, a small, compact car is perfect for whizzing around. You slip into parking spaces, easily drive down narrow roads, and not worry about the cost of gas or diesel going up as your engine will be economical.

Living and driving around in the country isn’t all about giant 4x4s and huge off-roading vehicles. In fact, choosing a smaller car is often the better option.

Finding the Right Car for Country Driving

You’ll be driving miles to get anywhere

One of the first things you’ll realize about moving to the country is how far away everything is. Want a loaf of bread and some milk? Well, that’s a half an hour drive away.   Fancy meeting up with some friends? You’re definitely looking at a half an hour drive. Want to get to work? You guessed it a half hour drive.

While it might not always be that drastic, you’ll be doing far more miles in the country than you’d do in a town or city. So, you need a car that’s economical, and has a high mile- per-gallon rate. For example, try looking at the economical Ford Fiesta, or a similar compact model.

You’ll be driving down very narrow roads

If there’s one part of country driving that you need to get used to, it’s the narrow roads. Whether they’re snaking through fields, edged with huge bushes, or traversing through quaint, ancient towns, the country is full of them. So, if you have a more compact car, you’ll be able to fly through with no problems – unlike those in the larger types, who need to be a bit more careful.

Perhaps you need to tow a trailer or caravan? A compact car might suit you as a second car, especially when you’re just nipping out to the shops. Big towing vehicles have their place, but they can be awkward when you need to give way all the time.

You don’t want anything unreliable

Living in the middle of nowhere means you learn to be self-reliant very quickly. From fuse boxes blowing to flat tires, you need to be handy with a toolkit. However, you don’t want to make work for yourself, so don’t spend money on an old car that’s going to need lots of repairs and maintenance. Likewise, buying an old diesel engine can be risky during cold winter mornings, when you’ll be worrying about it not starting.



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