There’s no denying that cars make life more convenient and are almost a necessity in Texas. This is especially compounded if you have kids. They make it easier to get your children to school, they open up a world of activities with a quick hop in the car, and they are the center of many family vacations.
Unfortunately, as convenient as cars can be, they can also be a source of stress.
As a parent, you want to keep your kids safe, and you want to create a stress-free, clean environment for them and you. Believe it or not, you can do both in the car with these tips!
Look for Increased Safety Features When Buying a Car
If you’re getting ready to buy a car, you can do a lot for your peace of mind if you choose your vehicle carefully. Vehicles today contain technology and safety features standard that simply were not available just a few years ago.
A few safety features to look for include:
- A backup camera that features an alert when something is in your way.
- Traction and stability control that prevents spinning during acceleration.
- Brake assist that detects the need to stop before the driver.
- Forward collision cameras that can detect a potential crash or pedestrian.
- Adaptive cruise control that keeps a consistent distance between you and the car ahead.
- Lane-keeping assist will nudge you back into your lane if you drift.
These safety features come with another benefit — decreased car insurance. The price of car insurance for a Honda Civic and other safety feature-equipped vehicles is more affordable than coverage for other kinds of cars!
Get Your Car Seat Checked
If you are going to have small children in the car, you know that you are going to need a car seat, but with so many to choose from, how do you know you got the right one?
Do your research before you buy a car seat, but also know that have the ability to get your car seat checked. Check the dates on your seat, and check for the certification process that guides buyers to determine the proper car seat for different age ranges, as well as whether or not a seat is properly installed. Knowing it is placed in correctly will give you an extra layer of security for peace of mind.
Think Ahead When Young Children Are in the Backseat
It’s hard to imagine that you would ever forget that your baby or toddler is in the backseat, but forgetting a child in a car seat is easier than you think. One small change to your routine and you could forget to remove them from the car. That can have disastrous consequences when the weather is hot.
Think ahead and you can prevent yourself from forgetting. Leave an important item, like your purse or a shoe, in the backseat whenever you go somewhere with your child. That way, you literally can’t leave the car without checking the backseat! Also, know that some newer models of vehicles have rear seat alerts to remind drivers to check the rear of the vehicle.
Hang Storage from the Backs of the Seats
Safety is extremely important to parents who regularly drive vehicles, but it isn’t just safety. Many parents report feeling overwhelmed and stressed when driving simply because the car is a mess!
Do yourself a favor and make it easier for the kids to keep track of their stuff with a car organizer or by utilitzing interior cargo storage. Don’t have it built into your vehicle? Simply hang an organizer on the backs of the seats or place a caddy between two car seats. In a pinch, keeping a few oversized Ziploc bags in the backseat can really help keep things organized!
Add a Garbage Can to the Backseat
It’s not just toys, sippy cups, and winter accessories moms and dads have to worry about in the car. If you have kids in the backseat, garbage is a huge problem. After just a day or two, you can expect your seats and floors to be covered in wrappers, receipts, and who knows what else!
You may not be able to prevent all the garbage from accumulating in the car, but you can really help by placing at least one garbage can in the car. If you only have one, place it in the backseat so the kids can use it easily, but if you have the space, you should place one in the front seat too.
Simple solutions can ensure that all is not lost in the organization battle! What are your favorite tips for in-car organization? Share below.