Before you have children, picking a new car wasn’t such a hard decision to make. You would think about what it looked like, perhaps how economical it was, and how it felt to drive. However, after you have children, you need to consider their needs when you’re picking a car – after all, until they are able to drive themselves, you’re going to be the one taking them to and from wherever they need to go and you’ll want to do it in a child-friendly car. Read on to find out what you should be looking for to make your purchasing decision an easier one.
A Fabric Interior
A lot of people like a leather interior for their car – it’s stylish, comfortable, and there is something quite luxurious about it. However, if you are looking for a child-friendly car, leather might not be the right choice; you may want fabric instead.
Fabric may not look quite as stylish, but it does have some certain advantages over leather. The first is that fabric is easier to clean; a stain on leather will be very hard to get out, whereas a stain on fabric can be removed much more easily. Leather can also get very hot or very cold depending on the outside temperature. This can be uncomfortable for children, so fabric (which stays a more consistent temperature) would be the best option.
If you still want to have a little luxury in – or on – your car then don’t worry. You can personalize the vehicle by picking one of the many cherished plates available and still have a comfortable place for your children to be.
There is a price difference between a car with three doors and a car with five, and the three-door version is always going to be cheaper. However, although you might save some money by opting for the three-door car, you will be adding to your stress and the effort of getting your children in and out. Imagine trying to get a car seat or even a booster seat into the back of a three-door car; it would be very hard and both you and the child could become very stressed.
If you have a five-door car, this task becomes a lot easier. Plus, there is the safety to think about; if you were involved in an accident and needed to get the kids out of the car quickly, five doors would give you many more opportunities to do that in good time.
Check The Safety Features
Apart from how the car looks and what interior elements it has that would make having children in it easier, it’s also crucial to check out the safety features. Some cars are simply safer than others. As a parent, you’ll want to do all you can to keep your children safe, so choosing a car with the best safety features – even if it’s not a style you are too fond of or a color you dislike – is crucial.
Remember, when the children have grown up and have their own cars, you can pick anything you want and enjoy it. Until then, the kids need to be your first priority, and if that means a car you wouldn’t normally choose, so be it.