It's time to buy a new car. Would seem a straightforward decision, but true to my planning nature, I'm trying to fulfil a number of requirements. My eldest, HG, will apply for his learners permit in 4 more years, which falls within the lifetime of this car. Although I want to buy a military tank in which to encase him, I realise this is not terribly practical. So I set about looking for a safe car, the safest car if I'm honest, and find that the European (read expensive) cars have unquestionably more safety features than the locally built models. But it comes with a big price tag, and whilst I wish to keep him safe, I also don't want him driving around in a luxury car that smacks of entitlement. To be honest, such a car is not really me either. I'm not sure if this fixation on ultimate safety is borne out of my work in seeing people smashed up by car accidents, and having a real appreciation for the value of life, or whether it's just me.
Of course, such dilemmas started with his birth - the safest cot, safest pram etc so this dissonance is nothing new. A car is a much bigger investment than a pram though. So, do I go with my cautious MiM nature and buy the European car with all the latest safety features, in case he's ever in an accident? Or something more moderate - good enough in the safety stakes - and more in keeping with my non-flashy nature and what I'm trying to teach him about life? Has being a MiM ever swayed your buying/life decisions?