Arrival of a baby brings about many changes in not just a mum’s life but in the whole family as a whole. One of the zillion changes that take place is – how you travel.
As a parent one would seek safety, security, convenience, and lots and lot of room in a car. Incase you are planning to expand your family and/or considering to buy a new/used car for your family here are some points you must consider.
Lots and Lots and lots of space :
Overall car space is an extremely important feature of a family car. You need enough space to install a car seat. Ample leg room for your toddlers to keep all the stuff that he carries with him, will make travel comfortable.
Even though these largely depend on your personal preferences, general factors you could consider are – multiple cup holders in the front and at the back, power sockets, built in window shades and separate vent controls for kids.
Long travels with kids can be quite a challenge if their entertainment is not taken care of. Simple features like a Bluetooth connection, music device, DVD player will make the drive fun. Also enough space in the car would ensure older kids can play their board games or with their other toys while they travel.
Consider fuel efficiency
Family means a lot and lot of travel together. So considering the fuel efficiency of a car before you buy would be an economical option. If you want a fuel-efficient car and you commute less than thirty miles daily, a hybrid car is a great option. If you travel long distances on a regular basis, opt for an economy sized four cylinder car. Having fewer cylinders means better fuel economy overall. Cars that run on diesel fuel may be a more fuel-efficient option for people who do a lot of highway driving as diesel is frequently cheaper than gasoline.
Do an in-depth research
When choosing a car for your family, you can not rely on trial and error. Do a thorough research on car review websites and consider cars with higher safety rating. There are several tools and websites available online that help you compare cars based on different features and choose a car that fits your budget.
And yes don’t forget to take your family for a test drive before you finalise the purchase of the car.