Nowadays, almost any car with more than two seats can be considered a family car, but the needs of a family––and more importantly, young children––go far beyond the spatial. Of course, space can allow for extra passengers, bags, school projects, and coolers for snacks, but the best in family vehicles offer you even more. They are affordable, adaptable, reliable, and they might even offer some entertainment options to boot. Luckily, you can take some of these matters into your own hands. A little bit of finesse can go a long way. Here are some helpful strategies to turn your vehicle into the perfect family car.
Extra Seats, Storage Space, or Both!
There comes a time in which every parent has to make a difficult decision. When buying a car, should you opt for a vehicle with seven seats, or should you choose a car that ditches the back row in favor of extra cargo space. The extra seats come in handy when you unexpectedly find yourself playing chauffeur to your friends’ kids in addition to your own, but the extra space can serve a variety of purposes, from storing coolers on trips to carrying furniture and other large goods. Luckily, this day in age, manufacturers are responding to the needs of families. Now, there are cars that can allow both. Through what might seem like an obvious fix––a back row that folds down into the floor––you can have your cake and eat it too. Why choose between space and seating when you can have both?
Happy Passengers Make for a Happy Driver
These days, children are always glued to their various technological devices. Whether it is a phone, a portable gaming device, or a tablet, children are accustomed to entertainment only being so far as the reach into their pocket. With this in mind, it is always a wise thing to allow them a certain level of entertainment while they are in the car with you. And these days, between DVD players, gaming consoles, and tablet fixtures, there are plenty of options to choose from that will best suit your needs. A headrest DVD player can offer a useful service. Unlike the radio, it allows you to choose your own content to screen, and it might even allow you control over the action from the front of the car. Additionally, be sure to keep a spare charger in your car. Not only will this prevent the fun from an unexpected ending via drained batteries, but it will also allow your children to keep their phones alive and remain in communication with you.
Piggybacking off of the previous entry, an entertained group of children makes your job of driving that much easier. And if you’re not as keen as others on electronic options, then it can be a great idea to keep some good old fashioned toys in the trunk or center console. Arts and crafts allow for creative play, although a bumpy road can make this difficult. Another option to relieve nervous children is stress relief toys, items like fidget spinners or sand balloons. The more fun your kids have while in the car, the less of a headache you’ll have while reaching your destination.…Read More