As a modern parent, driving is almost a necessity. Although it’s possible to get by in life without having regular access to a car, it will certainly make things a lot harder if you don’t.
Of course, this problem can be easily remedied with a quick brush up on your driving theory knowledge and a practical test, but once you’re legally able to sit behind a steering wheel and drive, that’s when things become tricky.
Like all fashion conscious mothers, style is important. However, when it comes to transporting your children you’ll probably find that style becomes locked in a battle with another “S”: safety.
Although we all want to look good when we leave the house, it’s certainly not a good idea to base your car choice on how good you look with the top down.
How to Avoid a Fashion Disaster
Fortunately, the motor industry is now as much of a trendsetter as the top fashion houses in Paris or Milan. OK, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but the point I’m trying to make is that you don’t have to sacrifice safety and security in the modern day if you want to own a stylish-looking car.
Of course, everyone will have their own tastes when it comes to deciding what’s hot and what’s not, but there are certain constants you need to look for in your next car. As I’ve said, safety is paramount and in 2015 you should be looking for cars with the highest Euro NCAP rating possible: 5 stars. This is a European standard for testing car safety and all the major manufacturers will submit their products to NCAP testers.
On top of safety, it’s also important to think about practicality. The new Mini Cooper S is a fantastic looking car for the style-conscious driver, but try squeezing two children and some bags in the back and you’ll quickly run into problems.
Motoring Fashion for 2015
Striking a balance between size and style isn’t easy, but modern day SUV-style cars are now in vogue. According to a recent article in The Telegraph, 2015 is the year of the SUV and manufacturers are putting a lot of stock in mid-sized cruisers. Slightly smaller than trucks or jeeps but bigger than a standard saloon, it’s now possible to buy a sleek-looking SUV that’s a perfect compromise between size and style.
Yes, the latest lookers will cost a pretty penny, but you don’t have to break the bank to find a car that’s suited to both your lifestyle and your style. At the upper end of the spectrum, the Range Rover Sport and Audi Q5 are fantastic options for those with a few extra pounds to spend. Moving down the scale, recent releases by Fiat (Panda 4X4), Skoda (Yeti) and Mazda (CX-5) are innovative examples of the class that don’t cost the earth.
If you’re a mother with an eye for fashion but a need for practicality on the road, then SUVs appear to be the way forward in 2015. Although motoring trends aren’t as flighty as the clothing industry, the experts do seem to be favouring stylish SUVs at the moment. This is great news for fashion moms as these cars have great Euro NCAP ratings, acres of space for the kids and they look great. While I might not be a connoisseur when it comes to cars, this is certainly a fashion trend I can get on board with.