How to Choose a Vehicle for the Modern Homesteader

The world population is expected to rise to 9.7 billion by 2050, which means homestead farms will need to produce 70% more food than what is produced now. If you’re already living on a homestead, this means that you’ll have to be smart about what you produce and the tools you use to produce it, including a trusty vehicle. From choosing a vehicle that’s functional for everyday commutes to choosing one that’s helpful for homestead activities and DIY’ing your life, you might find that with the right information and effort you can find a vehicle that does everything.

How to Choose the Right Vehicle

Depending on your family size and needs, you’ll need a specific type of vehicle, such as a truck or larger camper van. Here, it’s most important to know what you want to get out of your vehicle. If you plan on really making use of your land and you’ve got lots of it to work with, you’ll likely find that a tractor or large truck that is adept at pulling other machinery or transporting materials. If you are just starting out, however, and you are looking for something more practical, a large truck will do just the trick. A full-size truck will allow you to haul equipment whereas a smaller truck will allow you to easily transport materials and still serve as a family car for when you need to head into town.If you’re unsure about what kind of vehicle to get, it’s better to err on the side of caution and go with a car that can handle a little more than you expect to put it through. This means that, if you’re not sure whether or not you’ll be using it to transport livestock but think you might, for example, go ahead and opt for a car with that capacity. This will help you and your homestead grow into the future.

Compare Before You Buy

Whether you’re purchasing a new vehicle or buying one used, it’s important to compare your options before actually making the purchase. Life on a homestead means that you need to get the most out of all of your materials, and this includes your car. Compare the important things first, such as the safety features and ratings as well as the fuel economy and overall eco-friendly nature of the vehicle. It’s important to invest in a vehicle that works well for you without damaging the environment, and that’s not too hard to find these days. Because you’re likely dedicated to making the world a better place and reducing your impact on the environment, it’s a great idea to invest in and compare the advantages of owning an eco-friendly vehicle. While at first glance these might not seem super homestead-friendly, they work great as family cars and will help you feel okay about your carbon footprint at the end of the day.

Treat Your Vehicle Well 

If you treat your vehicle well, it will take care of you for many years to come. Investing in the maintenance of your car, truck or tractor will not only protect your overall homestead investment but protect you and your family when you need it the most. Be smart about what you invest your time and money into and ensure it’s the right fit for your family and your needs.

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