jettaTDICheesy title for a blog post, I know, but it’s true. I love my car. After deciding to move to Texas, I researched my soon to be home. I didn’t know a lot about the state. I love to travel and wanted to discover its exciting and educational, places and activities.

I was surprised at how much I found. Cities filled with history like San Antonio and Austin, the beautiful Gulf Coast, cosmopolitan Dallas, wineries, family farms, raging rivers, I couldn’t believe it. I immediately began looking for a car in which my family could comfortably, safely and cheaply drive to these wondrous places.

First, my dream car would get great gas mileage. I wanted to drive for hundreds of miles without having to make a stop and I didn’t want to spend lots of money on gas while making road trips. Second, I wanted my family to be safe. I am a complete catastrophist and if any of things I imagine actually come true, that car needs to have some serious safety features. Third, even though I refused to pay a lot of money for a car, I wanted it to feel expensive and roomy, I wanted to enjoy being in it. Fourth, I didn’t want to baby my car. When going out on my adventures, I didn’t want to go into cardiac arrest because I encountered a bumpy road. Lastly, I wanted to enjoy driving it. I wanted to be able to let loose on the interstate and leave the cocky guys in their expensive sports cars in the dust. 

After scouring the internet and watching untold numbers of YouTube videos featuring car A racing car B, I found my dream car, a Volkswagen Jetta TDI. A diesel powered car. I had no idea such a thing existed in the US. My car travels at least 550 miles on a single tank of gas, frequently it gets even better mileage. It has front, side and rear airbags and is named a Top Safety Pick by the insurance industry. The Jetta TDI has real leather seats and it feels and looks like a more expensive car. Tens of thousands of miles later, it still drives like a new car and yes, I leave the guys in the sports cars far behind.

The more things my car accumulates from our travels, the more I love it. Shells my son collected from a Galveston beach are on the backseat. Numerous pamphlets and ticket stubs litter the floor. My Volkswagen Jetta TDI has helped me explore my new home for he past twelve months and I can’t wait to see where it takes me next year.