By Bob McGartland

Moms On The Road

Years ago, women didn’t drive very much, and not many worked outside the home. That was a time when families only had, and needed one car. If there was driving to do, the man of the house did it, and he opened the door for his wife to ride along with him. Women liked the pampering then, and being chauffeured around.

But over the years, more and more women went to work outside the home, either because of wanting more personal growth, or to add a second income to help them be better off financially. Women started wanting to get their own car, get behind the driver’s seat themselves, and feel the power of the engine and the speed. They realized it was a lot more pleasant than taking the bus, much more convenient, and besides, it was fun, and it was exhilarating being in control of their own destination!

Nowadays, moms put a lot of hours and miles on the family car going to work, taking the kids to all their games, running to the grocery store, dentist and doctor appointments, driving their own Moms around, and, well, you get the picture. Women are a driving influence (pardon the pun) on car buying decisions today. A recent study by Interclick showed that 80% of the household spending is done by women.

Moms become Grandmas, and as they get older, the eyes aren’t as good as they used to be, and the confidence behind the wheel diminishes. Some become more comfortable having someone else drive, so that they can just relax and enjoy the ride. And then there are women like Jessica Tandy in Driving Miss Daisy, who, being independent all their life, are reluctant to admit that their driving days were over, and kind of put up a fight about it. Can’t blame them, it’s hard to make a decision like that, but it is the best decision. When our elder Moms or Grandmas reach that stage where they are dependent on someone else to get them to where they need to go, the family needs to pull together to make it as smooth a transition as possible. It helps to note, that there was a time when she carted us around.

Our cars are so important in helping us achieve our goals by getting us to work, in helping our kids get an education and learn teamwork and coordination playing their sports, in getting health and dental care, getting groceries to feed our families, and in taking us to a great restaurant, or a play, or even to a vacation resort for a getaway.

Women get attached to their cars too, and some even give them names. They become a companion of sorts, providing independence in running their daily lives. And when the time comes to replace their car, it can be a sad goodbye to “Old’ Blue”. One woman I knew traded her Ford Explorer for a more fuel efficient car, only to come back a week later and traded it back, because she felt like she had abandoned her friend, because it had been with her since it was brand new off the lot.

Women are driving their cars taking care of what is on the agenda everyday. Wives and Moms are expert at multitasking; driving from one point to the next throughout the day, and sometimes that day is a long one. But even though they are behind the wheel so much, they still like their door opened, and have someone else drive while they enjoy the ride. It’s kind of nice to be chauffeured around.

To all the moms and grandmas out there, be safe when on the road regardless of what you are driving and where you are going. For all you do, this wish is for you – have a very Happy Mother’s Day!

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