This Mother’s Day, will your mother comment on the state of your car?

Mine will. In fact, she’ll go further.

It’ll start with a poke about my car’s age, follow with an exclamation about its external condition, accelerate with a slam about its internal cleanliness, descend with a left hook about my driving and end with an upper cut that questions my car’s safety, its “integrity.” Which I know is basically a metaphor about me. So, I always wonder why I ever bother fulfilling my annual Mother’s Day obligation, to pick her up promptly at noon and whisk her off to her dining venue of choice? Maybe I should take the train, grab a taxi and let her comment on that? But I can hear her now: “What, no UberLUX?”

Now, before you paint the wrong picture of her, my mother was clocked at 57mph leaning well out of the window of her at ancient Nissan Prairie while negotiating a double roundabout. She explained to the Police that she was merely attempting to keep a low centre of gravity through the chicane.

Source: Wikipedia

She obviously knows a bit about driving, cars and, well, automotive physics.  And one would suspect that she knows a little about me too.  She is well aware that I choose to drive an older car, a big one, whose body is battered and whose seats are littered, because of what I do with it.

You see, I’m an extreme sports (all of them!) enthusiast. That requires transporting awkward-shaped equipment, often in a filthy state, and parking in remote spots “off-road” full of rocks, fallen trees, potholes and other assorted obstacles.  Hence the mess inside and the dents outside the car. Contrary to her anecdotal evidence, the clean driving license I have maintained for decades is proof that my driving skills are well within society’s boundaries.  And if she doubts whether my car can pass its MOT, I show her all the results of all the MOT tests and car services I have booked.

So, here is my advice before the big day: get a £2 car wash, hide all the muck under the floor mats, use a moist wipe to clean the dash, drive a little slower, and quickly and easily book a pre-Mum car service at bookmygarage.com.

Plus buy flowers.  After all that, she’ll think your car, and you, are wonderful.

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Libby Simmons

Libby has been working for BookMyGarage writing articles, creating newsletters and handling the social media platforms. She works closely with ex-mechanics and subject matter experts to provide weekly blogs: essential advice on how to care for your car, need-to-know news and developments in the motoring world and helpful tips on how to cut the costs of running and maintaining your car.

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