Congratulations for your new bundle of joy, lovely couple!
Now that you just welcomed another addition to your family, it is time that you look into a new car. You will no longer fit in your old one. Picture items that you need to bring with you on your travels – baby toys, milk bottles and extra clothes.
Worry not though. Gone are the days when you will have to find your own strategy to ensure that everyone is seated comfortably. Cars today now have features that are specially designed for families on the go.
Vehicle purchases are among the most important investments that you make. It is not just about the dollars you are spending, but more important is your loved ones’ safety. So it is only fitting that you decide carefully which one to purchase.
Let us talk about few tips to determining which vehicle suits your family.
For those with teenagers
While it may save you a lot letting your child use the old car you drive instead of purchasing a new one, skip this option. Your child will need a car that matches their needs, and which is much advanced, more safe. Continue using the family car you are comfortable with and let your child drive the new family car.
Apply for insurance.
Teenagers are highly likely to drive on their own. Though they probably know how to drive, still, their driving skills is not as sharp as yours. Fact is, there is four times the risk for children ages 16-19 get involved in car crash than those drivers 20 and above. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) even cited teenage “immaturity” and ‘Inexperience” as among the factors behind this alarming statistics that they disclosed.
It is always better to be safe than sorry. Inquire about insurance packages that you may avail along with the car.
Find the average size.
As the case when you are buying shoes, the car’s size should fit the driver. This means it is not advisable for teens to be driving huge cars, nor it is recommended that they own overly small ones. Although it is best to go for that car that can carry fewer passengers. The car should also be of average speed.
For those with school-age kids
Make way for more viewing pleasure.
Consider those with lower windows so they would not have a hard time looking at the view outside. You knows kids. They love looking at sceneries. To them, it is one form of instant entertainment.
Pick those roomy that are roomy enough for extra luggage.
Picture when you were in grade school. Usually, trips with the family would include sports-related activities. With that, you often set out on the adventure with lots of cargo in tow. Since it is highly likely that your trips are filled with activities, then you might want to look for a car with lots of cargo space, or at least that one which allows you fold third-row passenger seats that are not in use.
Check out amenities.
At this age, kids are usually fond of gadgets. Look into those cars with power ports then. Consider as well those that come with pockets on seats where extra belongings can be kept within reach.
For those with infants
Keep an eye on the car seat.
There should be a car seat installed for your infant to use. This should face the back end of the vehicle, and with safety straps to keep your young one secured.
Look into convertible rear-facing seats.
Soon, your baby will be ready to use a seat that is facing forward. Anticipate changes like this, and inquire of the infant seat can be positioned like the rest of the seats in the vehicle.
Check cargo space.
A baby on the car means extra luggage. Avoid troubles packing baby essentials during long hauls and look into those vehicles that offer plenty of cargo space.
Nettie Gray first owned a car only when she’s already working full-time,organizing writing camps and providing college essay help to students. She and her husband only purchased their teen a car since everyday commute to school is not feasible. She’s obsessed though about finding the most family-friendly car.