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Is Bigger Really Better? The Argument for a Smaller Car

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When it’s time to swap out your old car for a new one, what kind of vehicle speaks to you? If you’re thinking of grabbing something like a pickup truck or an SUV, stop for a moment and give some consideration to a vehicle that’s a bit more compact. You might be surprised at how much sense a small car could make for you and your family.

Why Drive a Big Car?

Families and working people often prefer bigger cars for practical reasons. Loading babies into the back of sports cars is a bit of a hassle, and you can’t exactly carry tools to and from the job site in a little two-door roadster. Indeed, there are some good reasons to want a big car.

However, consider a few factors before you keep it large with your next ride.

Second Ride

If you’re buying a car that will be the second vehicle at your home, try to consider what your other vehicle covers before you buy the new car. For instance, if your spouse drives an SUV already, do you really need a Hummer? You could instead consider a smaller vehicle, allowing you to compliment your other ride well.

Just think of how much you’ll save on gas!

Fuel Economy

Big cars guzzle down gas faster than their compact counterparts. That’s not exactly revolutionary knowledge, but it bears repeating. If you drive a big car, you’re going to be stopping at the gas pump significantly more often than if you drive something more economical. This is going to add up, especially when you consider that those larger vehicles often have larger gas tanks that require much more to actually fill up.

Large Footprint

Another thing to consider with a large vehicle is that you’ve got a huge footprint on the road. Larger vehicles have caused more and more issues with traffic in cities in recent years. As footprints get larger and larger, it’s harder than ever for roads to sufficiently fit all cars on the road. As such, traffic jams and slowdowns have become more common than ever.

Adding to this, larger vehicles are much harder to park. Because of their large silhouettes, large vehicles can’t squeeze into smaller parking spots, like parallel parking and narrow spaces in parking garages. Adding all of this together, it’s easy to see why you should consider a smaller vehicle for your next ride unless you absolutely need to have a big vehicle for your job or family situation.

DJ Swanson

D.J. Swanson never planned to be a writer. His first job was working in his family’s autobody shop, but after studying English and journalism in college, he decided not to join the family business.

Instead, D.J. realized that he could make a difference by helping people learn how to maintain their cars and drive safely in challenging conditions. He is proud to share his lifelong knowledge of cars and driving here at Daily Traffic Alerts.

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