Monday 14 March 2016

Why I don't drive a Ferrari

I can't afford one.

Nor do I want one.


You can't bloody go anywhere in one.

I've spent the past 16 years driving people carriers and 4 x 4's. To suit the needs of a family of 7 and living and working in rural areas and 4 years in South Africa where a 4 x 4 was a must with safari's, pot holes and safety and security when driving.

For 16 years I've dreamed of driving a car, just a normal car, a car for me, one where I don't have to fit pushchairs and a wheel chair in the boot along with shopping for the week.

I have a Peugeot 308, I bought it because it was in my price range and I could pay cash (I'm an expat, bank loans on a labour card are difficult) It does everything I need it to do. It has air con ( a must in Dubai) a radio and a CD player, which I don't use, automatic windows, cup holders, plenty of room in the door pockets, central locking and 4 doors. I can fit Bob in the hatchback if I remove the parcel shelf.

It's black, I've never chosen the colour of a car even when I buy one from new, once I've done my research on MPG, tyres and service costs, I've then looked at the internal layout, as above, and colour has never been a deciding factor.

I use my car to commute 30km to work everyday, back and forth, up and down. On a good day I can cross Dubai in 30 minutes, some days it can take 2 hours. I drive the Al Khail Road, it's a 10 lane highway and limited to 100km/p/h. Sheik Zayed Road is a 14 lane highway with the same speed limit. The smaller roads are between 60 and 80km/p/h. When you get out of Dubai the speed limit increases to 120 and 140km/ph.

But most of the time I drive below 100km/p/h. The roads are too busy to drive much faster, of course some cars do break the speed limit, but with cameras every few km, it could cost you a fortune with speeding fines.

So back to driving a Ferrari, or rather why I don't drive one.

Dubai has to be the most pointless place to own one, it's not a big city, there's no where to drive it and the roads are too busy. Unless of course you just want to pose, rev the engine and buy a new set of brake pads every month, but at least when you live in Dubai, you can afford the petrol to fill the tank up.


  1. It sounds like you've got the perfect car for you and Dubai! I've only had three cars in my life (obviously my husband has his own) and colour is my number one deciding factor - it has to be yellow!

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