Family Car How To’s
Now a days when buying a family car safety and plenty of room are two of the top requested features. But what should you look for in a family car? You will spend a good chunk of your time in your car and you need it to be comfortable. Keep reading for some great tips on choosing a family car.
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High Safety Rating and Plentiful Features
It is essential to choose a vehicle that has many accident preventative measures built into it. The first thing you should check is the crash test rating of the car. If it receives top marks for all crash angles, the car is considered to be very safe. Acceptable safety ratings are the minimum that you should consider for a family car. Other safety options include rear-view cameras, blind spot detection alarms, front and side airbags, and more.
Good Handling and Drive-Ability
A good family car should make both Mom, Dad, Grandma Anne, Uncle Joe, and the legal age children all feel comfortable at the wheel. The controls should be well-placed and intuitive. A family car should be easy to maneuver and offer a smooth ride. Cars with very stiff suspensions are not suited for families unless every member is a street racer. Kids, especially infants, are very sensitive to noise and roughness.
Lots of Space and Comfort
While space and comfort are closely related, other aspects affect comfort in positive and negative ways. Interior materials are one of them. A car with rigid racing seats or sticky leather seats is probably not comfortable nor practical for a family. Stick to ordinary fabrics for comfort and ease of cleaning.
Another area to look for space and comfort is the cargo area. Having plenty of trunk and cabin space is a must with a family. Cars with seats that fold down are perfect for transporting large objects or those family trips when you need everything but the kitchen sink.
CD players and flip down TV’s are perfect for keeping children entertained. For older children is a good thing to make sure there are plenty of USB ports in the vehicle so teens/tweens can charge their devices. Also, cars that have Bluetooth technology is great for playlists and downloaded movies. Most of the time they can connect to any tablet or cell phone. However, ask because some cars are only connectable through an iPad, iPhone, or iPod.
Speaking of technology and amazing family vehicles, the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox and 2015 Trax include Chevy’s new 4LTE wifi hotspot through OnStar. You can hook up your wifi enabled device and everyone will be entertained. They are also great family cars with great safety features and plenty of room!