If you’re not having fun driving, then you aren’t driving the right vehicle.

That might seem harsh, but I have to tell it like it is. To be clear, some people have valid reasons to dislike driving, and there’s no reason to shame them. But for many people, driving feels like a pain because their vehicle just isn’t fun to drive. Even if your vehicle gets you from Point A to Point B just fine, you might be more due for an upgrade than you’d think.

So why is it important to own a vehicle you enjoy driving? Here are five reasons you should consider.

1. You’ll spend a LOT of time in your vehicle.

The average American spends 17,600 minutes in a vehicle per year. That’s 293 hours per year, or the equivalent of 36 full-time shifts of a job. Now, if you worked a job that made you feel miserable for weeks at a time, your friends and family would tell you to look for a new job. But that’s exactly the case for anyone who drives a vehicle they don’t like.

Life’s too short to work a bad job, and it’s also too short to drive a vehicle that doesn’t make you happy.

2. Enthusiasm will help you keep your vehicle perfect.

Let’s be honest, it’s hard to care about a vehicle that makes you feel apathetic. Coffee stains and dings in the door are inconsequential when you have no enthusiasm for your vehicle. But if your vehicle is fun to drive, then it’s a whole different story.

When you’re in love with your vehicle, you’ll go to great lengths to keep it looking perfect. Scheduled maintenances won’t feel like a chore when you’re invested in your vehicle driving perfectly. Also, while it might seem superficial to spend hours washing and detailing your vehicle, this will lead to your vehicle retaining its value in the long run. If you’ve never been passionate about your vehicle before, you’ll be amazed how much that’ll change when you finally own a vehicle you love.

3. A fun vehicle is a reliable vehicle.

Everyone loves their vehicle for their own reasons. But generally speaking, vehicles are fun to drive when they have responsive steering, tight breaks, and comfortable rides. These kinds of features aren’t just fun; they might be keeping you safer on the road.

When push comes to shove, you want to be in complete control of your vehicle. You never know when the vehicle in front of you will stop short, or when an animal may suddenly jump onto the road. In other words, our brains might be telling us more than we think when we have fun driving a vehicle. We might be having more fun because we can actually feel the extra security and safety we’re gaining while we drive.

4. Your passengers will have fun too.

Even if you can stand driving a subpar vehicle, your passengers might not share your resilience. Would you want a family member riding shotgun in a vehicle that makes them uncomfortable? Or what about your spouse or a date you’re taking to dinner?

If you feel uncomfortable in your vehicle, everyone else who rides with you will feel exactly the same way. By the same token, if you love your vehicle, anyone who rides with you will inevitably share your enthusiasm. Let your vehicle help you knock all your first impressions out of the park.

5. Because you don’t need a good excuse to have fun.

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the practical benefits of driving a fun vehicle. But at the end of the day… do you need an excuse to have fun?

The fact of the matter is, you don’t have to justify wanting a new vehicle. If you think it’s time for you to upgrade, then perhaps you just need to listen to your gut. In fact, by upgrading when your current vehicle is in decent condition, you’ll get a lot more money by trading it in!

At the end of the day, everyone should own a vehicle they enjoy driving. If you’re interested in finding that vehicle for yourself, give me a call or send me a message. Let me know the type of vehicle you’ve always wanted to own, and together, we’ll get you behind the wheel of something fun.