How to Find the Perfect Car for Your Family

How to Find the Perfect Car for Your Family

Each family is unique, with different preferences and needs when it comes to transport. Unlike shopping for yourself, you’ll have to consider the likes, dislikes and must-haves that every family member has.

The list can be exhausting. So, here’s a sample list of specs you should look for in an ideal family car:

  1. Airbags: A key safety feature of every car is its airbags. There should ideally be 4 or 6 airbags depending on the number of passenger seats in the car. Check the car’s IIHT or NHTSA rating to know more about its crash and impact resistance results.

  1. Seatbelts: Although all cars come equipped with suitable seatbelts, specialized seatbelts and child car seat locking amenities in the rear seats is an additional must have for easy car-seat installation and removal.

  1. Rear-seat view mirrors: When small children are seated in the rear, it pays to have the ability to check on them during your drive, without having turned yourself around. This feature can also be used to have 360 degree view, thus enabling you to drive more cautiously.

  1. Lane Change sensors and Cruise Control: This system alerts you when lanes are being changed. The cruise control prevents your vehicle from swerving or bumping into other vehicles around you. This comes in handy during your drive, hypothetically, when a little one needs your attention and you’re distracted from the road for just a minute.

  1. Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking: these two features prevent you from ramming into another vehicle or object directly in front of you.

  1. Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC): The TPMS alerts you when you have a flat or when tire pressure is lower than normal. This feature enables you to drive safely and also efficiently preventing drag caused by low tire pressure. The ESC feature assists you when the terrain is rough and your car seems to be a bit unstable. Rocky or wobbly vehicles imply a higher center of gravity, prone to a rollover or falling over sideways.

  1. Rear-Entertainment System: A small rear seat entertainment system provides much-needed distraction to children, keeping them occupied while you concentrate on the road ahead.

  1. Cup and bottle holders: this feature though it seems minor, is quite important. Having your beverages carefully transported without spills with the kids on board, by my books a grand success.

  1. Fuel efficiency: Cars with continuous variable transmission provide good fuel economy. Example: the Honda Civic, CR-V or the Odyssey

  1. Sufficient passenger and cargo space: Passengers should be comfortably seated with sufficient leg room. Comfortable seat designs will make your drive a much more pleasant one. And what’s a big car without enough cargo space? A big boot allows you to load groceries, children’s sports equipment, and baby gear or vacation luggage with ease.

Keep your eyes and ears open when talking to your sales executive, he’s probably going to suggest that you test-drive the CR-V crossover, the Odyssey minivan or the Accord or Civic sedans. You’re sure to find the perfect match for your family.

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