We have a large garage, thanks to a previous owner of the house who, according to rumour, had a small taxi business. Most of the year we don’t use it as a garage because we’re lazy and keep the car parked outside. Instead we use the garage for storing all kinds of other things, such as bicycles, outgrown children’s clothes, flowerpots, winter tyres, camping equipment etc. But when the temperatures start to go below freezing, we squeeze all these other things together and make space for the car.

Our old Volvo fits perfectly. There is enough space left over on all sides that I can drive in carefully rather than anxiously. And there is even enough space left that I can wrangle my bike out without having to move the car.