Oct 28th, 2007 by jbrown
I found this website called motherproof.com and I found something very mother-friendly that I feel I should share. It is there way to break down how to pick a car perfect for your family in the simplest of terms…
“First, you need to peg your dream ride. After you’ve put the babes to bed and are ready to collapse into a heap because you haven’t gotten any sleep for days (or weeks, maybe years), grab a latte instead and let your fingers tango to some tunes while entering the e-sphere. Research vehicles that make sense for your family, lifestyle, budget and personal taste.”
“Once you’ve pared your list of potential cars down to a manageable number, it’s time to test drive them, then test drive them some more. Here at Mother Proof, we drive cars for one- to two-week stints, and I can tell you there are umpteen nuisances and/or pleasant surprises that don’t jump out at you during one test drive.
First, test drive your favorite cars sans bambinos. Basics to cover include car-seat installation, cargo space, comfort, driver controls, blind spots, storage compartments, safety features and kid- and family-friendly features. Look the vehicle’s interior over from front to back. Take notes. Let the salesman know you’ll be taking your time so he keeps from rushing you. Test drive as many cars as you think you may be interested in without the kids so you can narrow down your list before you go back with them.
After the list is narrowed, go back with the kiddies. Ask the dealership to pull the vehicle you’re considering right next to your current car so you can easily transfer the car seats and kids. Take note of how they fit with kids inside (especially if you’re trying to squeeze three across one row) and how comfortable the kids are in the back. Remember, comfortable kids are happy kids, and happy kids make one chipper mama. Liven things up by bringing books and non-messy snacks (no chocolate bars!) along for the little ones.
Now, even if your tush is fused to the heated leather seat of your dream car, get out! Hold tightly to your checkbook, don’t even think about buying and hastily take your leave. Only after you’ve identified your wheels of choice, free from any impulsive decisions — especially you serial shoppers out there…”
I think this is by far the easiest way for mothers to understand how this process can be an easy one if you just narrow down and think of the family.