Road trips are a part of summer. Holidays often involve some kind of travel to celebrate with family and friends. Just getting the kids to and from school, play dates, sports, and other activities involves lots of time in the car. So much of our every day is spent in the car these days. When you’re looking for a car, comfort is important, but so is safety.
For the day to day running around in the car, it’s handy to have some things that live in your car. I keep a bag in my car with things that we always seem to need: hand sanitizer, snacks, drinks, tissues, plastic bags (grocery or zip top), basic medicines (headache, allergy, etc). Of course I also make sure that my kids are safe in the car. We’ve got their car seats and always buckle up before we head out on our travels. As for our van, some of the safety things we use every day are features like the backup camera to help make it easier to see around car seats and kid heads when backing up and the hands free Bluetooth connection for music and phone connection so there’s no distracted driving.
Even when it feels like you need to pack everything but the kitchen sink, it’s nice to have a car for your trip that you don’t feel cramped in. (Need help packing for your next road trip? Try these suggestions.) Just like you’d take the time before your trip to research where you’re going, staying, and doing, be sure to take the time to research the car you’ll be renting (or even buying) before your trip. It might be worth a dry run to put suitcases into the car to see how things best fit. And once you get it all figured out, be sure to snap a picture so you can repack it the same way when it’s time to hit the road. It’s always a good idea to take your car for a quick check up before you head out on the open road when you’re taking your own car too. Wouldn’t you rather spend a little time and money before the trip making sure everything’s good to go than a chunk of your vacation on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck to show up?
You know you’re an adult when you get excited to shop for a new car for your family. How do you know you’ve picked the best one for your family? You want to find the safest car for your family within your budget but with so many choices, it can be overwhelming. Cars.com can help. They’ve got listing of cars for sale, dealerships to meet with, and even reviews on the different cars. For me, reviews can have such an impact on my decision – especially a big decision like a vehicle purchase. Because safety plays such an important role in your purchasing decision, it’s helpful to be able to read actual reviews before you commit. Cars.com will even tell you what car seats will fit into your vehicle. That’s huge when you’re looking for a new car but don’t want to move car seats 100 times while you test drive new vehicles.
What are some things you do to keep your family safe in the car?