9 things you thought were only doable if you owned a car


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Cars make our lives a lot easier. Whether it’s taking the family to some cool locations, bringing your significant other on a date, or making a last-minute grocery run — cars help us get the job done!

Plus, driving is just a fun and liberating experience! I mean, who doesn’t enjoy having the freedom to drive? Unfortunately, the high cost of car ownership in Singapore makes it challenging for many to experience driving for themselves. Luckily, there’s an alternative to car ownership that makes it possible — carsharing

With carsharing, you can get the freedom to drive at only a fraction of the cost of buying a car. Plus, there’s no need to pay for regular maintenance and upkeep — just pay for the mileage and time driven. 

If you meet the requirements and create an account, you can also experience carsharing for yourself. Then you can try these 10 cool activities that you thought were only possible if you owned a car: 

01 • Go shopping

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We’ve all taken a trip to the mall with the intention of buying a few things, only for it to turn into a shopping spree. Then the endorphins wear off and you realise that your arms are weak and your palms are sweaty from carrying around a bunch of shopping bags. 

You don’t want to drag your bags to the crowded MRT station, so the other alternative is to book a cab or private-hire car — but now you’re stuck with surge pricing and picky drivers.

With carsharing, this scenario looks much different. All you need to do is book a car for the duration of your shopping trip, get your shop on, and drive back to the lot you booked the car from. That’s it! And the best part is that you can do this without buying a car. 😎

02 • Take a day trip somewhere nice with the family

It’s the weekend, a public holiday, or you’re on leave. Whatever the case, you want to spend time with the fam by taking a day trip somewhere nice. Sure, you can take public transportation, but do you really want to spend family time in a crowded MRT train or in cabs going from location to location? 

With carsharing, you can take your family almost anywhere. Visit the Singapore Flyer, Wild Wild Wet, Sentosa — there’s no shortage of places to go and things to do! 🎡

And if you really want to head out and book a car for family time ASAP, check out our guide on where to go for a fun-filled day of adventure!

03 • Go out on a date

Spending time with the bae is a special occasion. You want it to be as perfect as possible. Just the two of you with no distractions, no troubles, and no kaypoh aunties or uncles. 

There’s no shortage of date spots in Singapore, but some are more reachable by car. And let’s be honest, you’d rather not waste valuable date time building up a sweat by walking there from a bus stop or train station.

Carsharing makes it possible for you to reach your destination swiftly, have a romantic time together, and see your date safely home — and at a reasonable price too. 😎

04 • Take a scenic drive around Singapore

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We’re all about the freedom to drive. We also know that sometimes, it’s great to hit the road and take a nice, leisurely drive. Nothing but you, the road, and the calming scenery.

Sounds therapeutic right? Even if you don’t own a car, all you need is a driving licence and a year of experience to start taking leisure drives of your own through carsharing. 

You can go for a scenic drive anywhere, anytime. So try calming your senses, and let the purring of the engine and the beautiful sights soothe you into a state of driving zen. 😌

05 • Make use of your driving licence

You’ve passed all your tests and have earned your driving license! You’d be all set to hit the road — if it wasn’t for the fact that you don’t own a car. 😢 

Save yourself the trouble of saving up for a car. Because with carsharing, you can book and drive a car without having to spend some serious cash to buy one. Best of all, there’s no down payment, car loan repayments, maintenance costs, or fuel to worry about.  

Want to use that idle driving licence? Try carsharing today and check out some of these fun activities during your first drive.

06 • Go on a late night supper run

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It’s 1am in the morning and you’re hungry, but most restaurants don’t deliver this late (or is it early?).

Singapore is filled with restaurants that are open late at night, but getting to these places is an issue because public transport is not an option. You need a car, or failing that, some luck in booking a cab or private-hire driver who isn’t picky. 

With carsharing, getting there is not an issue. You can zip right down to a supper spot of your choice, get some food, and get back home in good time. 😉

07 • Host a carpool karaoke session

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Impromptu karaoke sessions in the car with friends are an absolute blast! Plus, singing with friends feels really good, and psychologists have even discovered that it has health benefits!

There’s no reason to think you can only do this if you own a car. You can do that with carsharing, too. So gather some friends, select a destination, and crank up the tunes. Then belt out your best impression of your favourite singer when you host your very own carpool karaoke. 🎶

08 • Explore some ulu destinations in Singapore

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There are lots of ulu destinations in Singapore, some of which are much easier to reach by driving. Exploring a lesser-known location can be really exciting. Some of these destinations might even make you feel like an explorer.

Have you thought about travelling to Changi Beach or Kampong Lorong Buangkok, but found that it’s difficult to get there because you need a car? Ever since carsharing came to Singapore, that’s become a problem of the past.

Just book a car and drive down to the desired location of your choice, it’s as simple as that. 🚘

09 • Take a road trip around Singapore

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Are you anxious to discover what road tripping feels like? In that case, why not take a scenic drive around Singapore?

After all, road tripping is the ultimate way to express the freedom to drive. And it’s something you can do even on our little island.

Plan a route that will take you to fascinating places that you’d usually overlook. Then take a day or even a couple of days to visit new sights and take in the scenery. So book, buckle up, and get ready to enjoy the drive. 😎

(Featured photo: TheSmartLocal)

Drive free!
Adam 🚗

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