A week tomorrow, Miss Frugal turns 17 which means that she is already planning how she’s going to achieve the ultimate freedom by getting herself some wheels.
This is a problem, not least because I still want to stop her from using the sharp knives in the kitchen and I can’t help myself but put my arm out in front of her when we’re about to cross a road so I know she’s not going to cross until I decide it’s safe.
How on earth am I going to be able to let go enough to be able to let her drive?
We have some money set aside for a car when we think she’s ready (which I suspect will differ to when she thinks she’s ready) but in the meantime, getting to and from college isn’t going to be ideal.
She chose a college that’s not necessarily in the best area, public transport wise – she can get a bus from near where we live on a morning and one at a set time on an afternoon but even with 3 A Levels on her schedule she doesn’t have a full five days. She has a couple of days where there are just a few hours on a morning and then a few hours later in the afternoon so she’s hanging around for three or four hours in the middle of the day. She also has one day with a lunchtime finish which again is a nightmare thanks to the trouble she’ll have getting home.
Basically, to get home it’s a 15-minute drive if we’re about to pick her up but on a bus, she has to go the opposite way to a larger town near us and then change buses to get back home to us. This makes her journey home around an hour and a half which isn’t great at all!
We should have looked into it but in my head, the college bus would run more than once a day in each direction. Totally our fault for not looking into it but I think we’d have made the same choices even if we’d known as it’s a great college and a lot of her friends are going there too.
I feel like this ^^^^ could be our solution although I’m not sure Miss Frugal will go for it!
A little scooter would get her to and from college independently so she won’t have to rely on us picking her up or waiting about to avoid the super long bus journey.
Not only are they super-cute (did you know you can even choose your own colours – I would totally go for the pink one above) but they’re also really reasonably priced and a brand new one costs less than an old banger of a car so for your budget, they’re going to be so much more reliable which is definitely something I like the sound of.
The Scooter insurance is way cheaper too – I’ve just done a quick quote for her based on the above scooter and it’s around the £500 mark for a year. Meaning that she could be on the road and insured for around £1500.
I’m presuming (but could be wrong) that it’s easier to learn to drive a scooter too. Apparently learning to drive a car takes 45 hours of lessons with an additional 20 hours of practice on average which is going to cost a fortune. We could either take it slow and have it be more affordable but not help with her college commute problems or we pay out more in a short period of time to get her through it quicker.
I actually think I’d go for a little scooter myself if I didn’t have such a long commute as they’re ideal if you ask me.
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