The Native always marvels at not only how big the roads are, but how big the vehicles are anytime we’re stateside. He often points out how even the 4 door family cars aren’t small by UK standards.
We are puppy parents to The Big Brown One and parents to The Duchess and drive a small 4 door, 1.6L engine car. If all of us pile in and have to bring the pushchair (stroller) and other baby adventuring essentials, Big Brown is ushered into the backseat next to her highness because there just isn’t the room to put him anywhere else. When we’ve had visitors, he’s had to ride in my lap. All 60+lbs of him. If we had another child anytime in the near future, we’ll have to strap someone to the top of our car. And even then it’s not the smallest car we’ve had. A friend, who is tall and slim, came over for our wedding years ago and got STUCK in the backseat of our old two door. We have photographic evidence.
You may be thinking “So,get another car,” but with the lowest local gas price sitting at $9.61/gallon (yes, you read that right), I’m sure you can understand why we are sticking with our little car with a smaller engine. Here is the other reason:
This is a two-way street. The cars on the right have their curbside wheels about a foot up on the pavement. Most car owners push their street-side mirror in after they’ve parked so it doesn’t get taken off. I saw someone turn the corner right after I snapped this photo and they literally came about an inch and a half from hitting the jeep/rover. I think we’ll happily stick to our small ride.
Anyone have any ideas of how we can strap a big chocolate labrador to a car roof? (RSPCA, please don’t hunt me down. I say it in jest….but perhaps you’d allow us to tote him along in an open trailer? Kind of like a motorcycle sidecar. He might enjoy it. Again, please don’t hunt me down.)