Should your commute to work determine what car to drive?

6 Jan 17

What's your commute like? It can be boring and frustrating and might be spent in traffic jams, but what sort of terrain do you cover? Not everyone commutes into the city, or along nice roads, for that matter. If you live out in the country, it's likely that you'll have to cross gravel roads. A low sports car won't be suitable for that sort of drive. The average commute in Australia (based on residential address) is 15.6 kilometres, according to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development1.

We all have different routes to work, and different needs based on our professions. What sort of car from the list below suits your commute? If you do think you should buy a different car to make your commute more comfortable (or more fun), make sure you know the vehicle inside and out with a CarHistory report.

1) A sports car

A sports car is the perfect option for people in the city who park securely, and undercover. They can be loud, fast and fun - plus they're perfect for driving on smooth city roads.

How long is your daily commute?How long is your daily commute?

Find a car that doesn't guzzle the gas and has excellent ratings for greenhouse gas emissions and you'll be doing your bit for the environment too!

2) A station wagon

Station wagons are a necessity for many people who need to take a lot of gear with them to work. These cars also have higher ground clearance, making for an excellent ride and plenty of room to get everything inside.

Station wagons are suitable for city commutes too, but they are not necessary as daily drivers if you don't need to take tools or large items into the office.

3) A ute or four-wheel-drive

Commutes aren't only into town - they can be to a work site or to a mine or even a conservation hut deep in the bush or outback.

The average commute for a remote region is 31.2 kilometres1. That's far too long to be sitting in the cabin of a cramped sports car.

If you're in a remote area, you'll also have to tackle more adverse terrain, which could include gravel roads, small river crossings and even some mud.

Commutes aren't only into town - they can be to a work site or to a mine or even a conservation hut deep in the bush or outback. For any of these tough journeys, you'll need a car that can handle it all - utes and four-wheel-drives are great options, and they can be loaded heavily with your gear too.

Before you jump into buying a second-hand car that's better suited to your commute, make sure you fully check it out with a CarHistory report. Get in touch today for more information.

1. Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. Australia's commuting distance: cities and regions. Accessed December 2016.