Nowadays 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.
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 wellplaced 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.
Organizing your car is not an expensive task. You don’t have to buy high dollar containers or
organizers. In fact a lot of stuff can be found at your local Walmart or Dollar Store.
Below are some great ways to organize your car this winter!
Buy a cheap makeup bag to keep art supplies in.
You could use a bag or even a plastic case but makeup bags can be pretty good for all art
supplies. They are a little bigger, zip up nicely and most of the time have two zippered
pockets. The best part? They have plastic lining to protect against melted crayons and other
art disasters. You may not be able to save the bag but you saved your car floors and seats.
Plus they can be cheap. Most dollar stores sell them for around $2.00. You can stock it with
pencils, crayons (or colored pencils) a small notepad, and eraser. Plenty of room and it stays
Hang a small shoe organizer over the back of the seat.
It may not be the most fashionable thing but you can get a children sized shoe organizer at
the dollar store and organize small items. It is great for wipes, a sippy cup, lotion, extra
diapers, dvd’s, etc.
December is upon us and so is the cold weather. It is still dark when I got to work and is freezing. By the time I get the car warm I feel like an icicle. I do my best to keep my car in tip top condition in the winter. I do not want to get stuck somewhere in freezing weather. Unfortunately, we can’t prepare for everything.
They sell emergency car kits for winter just about everywhere but you can stay better prepared for cheaper by following this simple checklist:
What To Pack:
● Battery Powered Radio and extra batteries. Keep an eye on the batteries because sometimes cold weather can drain them.
● Flashlight with extra batteries. Do not put the batteries in right way. Wait until you need them.
● Blankets. The thicker the better.
● Booster Cables
I am not sure what I love more, finding great hacks or sharing them. I think sharing them because it always makes people’s lives easier.
Use toothpaste to clean headlights
Buff your headlight with toothpaste on a soft look to make them look as good as new.
Properly adjust your mirrors
Position mirrors so that no part of your car appears in them. That is the best way to navigate blind spots that require you to turn your head.
If you must eat and drive
Buy a plastic caddy from the dollar store. Most fast food meals fit in there and it will be within easy reach. This is a must so you are not rummaging around or looking away from the road to grab your food.
Need a cheap trash can?
Line a dollar store cereal container with a plastic bag. Lift the lid and ta-da, cheap and efficient trash can.
What is that arrow next to the gas tank?
I NEVER knew this but a friend told me and it makes everything easier. That arrow shows you which side of the car the gas tank is on. This is great when you are test driving a vehicle or driving an unfamiliar car!
There are many booster seats available and sometimes it can be confusing choosing one for your child. When I brought home my first child you only had a few selections for car seats. Now they come in every size and shape, as well as a hundred different functions.
My biggest advice when moving into a booster is to check online reviews, talk to friends, and most importantly read the safety facts.
This may be one of the biggest decisions you make for your child!
Also, be sure to read your vehicle owner’s manual for information on installing child restraints and boosters in your vehicle. Always follow the age, weight, height, and other guidelines provided by the car seat manufacturer. The following are descriptions of the main types of booster seats, all of which “boost” your child up so the vehicle’s seat belt fits better.