Family-Friendly Vehicles

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Finding a vehicle that will meet the needs of your family will depend on a number of factors. Every family is unique regarding size, lifestyles, and priorities. The amount of time you plan to keep the vehicle and the price you can afford to pay will also play a role in the best choice for your driving needs.

Keeping the Little Ones Safe with Ease

If you have small children and/or plan to have them in the future, car seats and booster seats will be a regular part of your vehicle’s furnishings. As an infant, children are required to ride in a rear facing car seat after which they will be permitted to ride facing the front. Look for a vehicle with an easy-to-access rear seat that you will have no trouble securing the car seat in. If you have more than one child, consider the space that multiple car seats and booster seats will take. To get adequate room, you may need to consider a vehicle with three rows of seats.

Cargo vs. Passenger Space

There is only a certain amount of space in any vehicle. How much of it do you need for passengers as opposed to cargo? It isn’t just the things you need for yourself, such as the packages from a shopping trip, but the necessities that go along with traveling with a child in tow. Think about the stroller, carrier, diaper bag and any other essentials you will need to take along. According to XRM, features like removable or flip down seats give you more versatility too.

Once kids reach school age, you have more options for getting a model vehicle that they can easily get in and out of on their own. The best way to determine which models make things the easiest for them is to take them with you when you go to the dealership.

Amenities to Make Travel Family Friendly

A trip doesn’t have to be long to seem that way, especially when you have bored kids in the backseat. If you need a good distraction to make the time go by quietly, look at one of the vehicles that have a DVD player made in. Although this might seem like a luxury feature to some, many parents know the value of having a build-in entertainment system to keep kids occupied. Otherwise, you may be destined to hear the age-old question “are we there yet?” repeated over and over again.

Consider the Simplest Details

Some vehicle manufacturers are generous with cup holders while others are not. It isn’t just about the number that a vehicle has, but the ability of kids to reach them from their position in the back seat. Inevitably, kids are going to be eating and drinking in the car and they have to have someplace to put one while they do the other. If a vehicle doesn’t have any cup holders in the back, it probably isn’t the right choice for you.

Beyond Minivans and SUVs

Many people look at minivans and SUVs as being the ultimate choice in a family vehicle. However, with the different styles and sizes of trucks today, you don’t have to give up your preference for a pickup to get the qualities and features you want for your family. Ultimately, you must consider the basic driving preferences of all drivers to find the vehicle that is suitable for every member of the family.

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