These days, the cost of everything is on the rise. Inflation is real and parents feel the pinch. Having a child brings endless joy, but also constant expenses – diapers, organic food, preschool fees – they all add up. As such, many parents are reluctant to make the financial commitment to owning a car. This is especially true for families that do not need a car daily but would still like to enjoy a comfortable commute with their family from time to time. Read on to learn some tips on travelling comfortably with your family, as well as how Blue SG’s car sharing can help.
Tips for Getting Around with Young Children
1. Less Means More, Travel Light
Parents, we know what it’s like to leave the house with young children. Milk bottles, snacks, spare clothes, that small bolster – there’s just so much the little ones need. But here’s the thing, you can do without some of it. Bringing too many things makes it harder to leave the house. When you’re on the go, you don’t want to constantly balance your stroller, diaper bag, and children! Figure out what you need most and bring only the essentials. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much easier it is to get around!
Of course, having a vehicle is ideal when travelling with kids. It makes it so much less stressful to get around knowing you have somewhere to park your belongings, and to travel with a bit more privacy. Even if you don’t own a vehicle, you can consider arranging to use one for days that you need to get to several places.
2. Planning is Key
It’s always helpful to have a plan before you set off for the day. Especially if you aren’t driving, you want to think about how you get around. If you choose public transportation, it helps to know the route, where to change trains or buses, travel time etc. If you have toddlers and slightly older children, it’s also a wise idea to give them some idea of what to expect during the day. When they know what to expect, it’s less likely they will act up. It’s also useful to plan because it allows you to see the overall picture and tell if you’re cramming too much into one day.
3. Do Your Homework
When you take your kids out, you want to know where amenities are. Whether it’s a nursing room, kid-friendly malls, or hot water availability, it’s always wise not to wing it. This means bringing less things, and less stress when on the go! If your baby is hungry, the last thing you want is to hunt for a nursing room!
4. Drive without a Hefty Price Tag
Parents, we know Singapore has a world-class public transportation system. Our buses, MRTs, taxis, and Grab rides are helpful, but sometimes it’s just nice to drive your family out in a car. But owning a car is a luxury, and not everyone is ready to commit financially. That’s why BlueSG’s car sharing option is a win-win situation. You get to drive your family around whenever you please. There are no monthly payments, road taxes, or any other expenses related to owning a car to worry about.
BlueSG is the only Point A to B car sharing service in Singapore available to anyone over the age of 20 with a minimum of one year’s valid driver’s license in Singapore. You can choose to join as a basic plan subscription member at just $8 a month or a premium subscription member at $18 a month.
It’s truly a fuss-free commute solution for parents who want to get from one point to another. Especially if you must get to multiple places in a day – home to your favourite brunch café, brunch café to enrichment class, enrichment class to a play date, or better yet, three different play dates for your three children! The great thing about BlueSG is that the cars are in 380 different locations across the island! These include key locations such as residential estates, four stations in Sentosa as well as near shopping malls like Plaza Singapure, Funan, Raffles City, Westgate, Lot One and Juncion 8!
The car rental is an affordable flat rate of $0.42 a minute all day, every day. This applies to both Blue Car and Corsa-e cars. For a reasonable price, your family can enjoy comfortable commutes. But remember to use a booster seat if your child is below 1.35m tall!
Guess what, parents? By using BlueSG car sharing, you also help save the planet by contributing to sustainability efforts. BlueSG vehicles are 100% electric so there’s no fuel or diesel involved!
Here are some benefits. Sign up with BlueSG and receive 2 months of the basic plan free in addition to a free first ride (capped at $8) with the promo code <BSGFam> from now till 30 June 2023. In addition, BlueSG members receive 15% off Taxi Baby.
Stress Less, Head Out More!
Mums and dads, we hope you find these tips useful. Remember, going out with kids should be fun and enjoyable instead of stressful. There are many ways to get around and make your day out easier for the family. And for days when you just want to get around in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle, you can always count on BlueSG! It’s time to stress less and go out more!