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The driving test can be extremely daunting for some

The driving test can be extremely daunting for some

The driving test can be extremely daunting for some

There are no two ways about it: having your own car is probably much easier than navigating public transport right now. Whatever about the wearing of masks and/or scowling at those who don't, there are no timetables to adhere to, no harried trips to the train station, no fumbling for change or a Leap card while other passengers hate you for your sheer temerity.

I should imagine parenthood is also much easier if you have a car. My partner and I are car-free people. It's the result, I like to think, of prolonged stretches living in London or New York, where good public transport eradicates the need for a car.

But now we find ourselves with a baby in tow, we're realising that scooting on or off trains, buses, taxis and trams isn't as easy as it once was. If there are two buggies or a wheelchair already in situ on Dublin Bus, you may wait for the next one. Travelling with Bus Eireann? Hope you know how to fold that Bugaboo. Train journeys are only bearable if you have a seat in the right section. If the baby is screeching her head off, public transport can be a bit… awkward.