Best Car Seats for Small Cars

If you are an expecting parent or have recently become a parent, then you may have made quite a number of purchases to make your baby comfortable and safe. Safety is very important at home, in the car, and every time you travel or get outside the home.

A lot of parents tend to buy bigger cars, SUVs, or minivans. This helps them haul all the things that a baby needs. When the baby grows, bigger vehicles will also help them carry around other items that a young child needs–sports equipment, luggage for traveling, and other stuff.

But what if you just prefer to have a smaller car? Because they are more fuel-efficient, which in turn makes owning them less expensive over the long run.

The biggest consideration is really the size of the car seat you put into your car. A minivan may have as much room as 63 inches. But smaller compact cars like the Nissan Versa or Honda fit has less than 50 inches. The width of most infant or convertible car seats are between 18-23 inches. Making it fit would be a challenge, especially if you need to install it rear-facing!

Thankfully, there are several convertible car seats available in the market to fulfill your needs. These are car seats that you can position rear-facing–for when you have an infant–or forward-facing, when the infant becomes a toddler. Why buy one car seat for your infant, and another when they grow older? Not only do you save money, these convertible car seats are convenient, can fit into a smaller car, and can be used from infancy to toddler years.

How to Choose the Best Car Seat for a Small Car

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Best Car Smartphone Mounts Reviews

Car smartphone mounts are definitely a must for drivers today. While traffic laws prohibit calling or texting while driving, most map and navigation apps are on smartphones. We don’t even need separate GPS devices now. Texting and calling isn’t much of a problem these days, too, if you have a voice assistant like Siri or Google Assistant in your phone.

But it is a pain if you just hold on to your phone while driving. Worse, if you set it down, you may be distracted from driving if you look down just to see the directions you need to follow.

This is why you should have a smartphone mount in your car. I’m actually surprised that most cars don’t have a nook or a niche for a smartphone in the dashboard yet. It should be included in their dashboard design now.

I have had my share of smartphone mounts over the years, most of them are the suction type. But they tend to last for only a short time. You have probably experienced the same problem, too. Which is why I am on the lookout for the best car smartphone mounts.

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5 driving tips for new drivers learning how to drive

It is never too late to learn driving. In fact it is the most independent and convenient way to get around with ease. However, learning how to drive isn’t as easy and straightforward as one might think. Taking driving lessons and getting that much awaited license is the just the beginning of your life behind the wheel. You are sure to have been taught the basics by your instructor regarding your car and driving it. Well, sitting at the wheel and steering it by your self is a totally different ball game.

The foremost thing to follow while on road is safety – yours as well as others. Unfortunately though, according to statistics new and inexperienced drivers pose a very high risk of crashes and serious accidents. This is not to scare or discourage you from driving, just to make you aware of the perils you may face or pose while you are behind the wheel of your car. Now that you can legally drive it is imperative to follow a few pointers that will help you master the art of maneuvering your vehicle safely and confidently.

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How to Care for Your Car Transmission

The best way to prevent car transmission problems is to take good care of your transmission. Manual transmissions are pretty rare in the USA these days. Most cars are now sold equipped with automatic transmission. Either way, you need to take good care of your transmission to ensure that your ride lasts for a long time. You don’t want to be stuck somewhere because your transmission conked out on you.

A transmission uses the power generated by your car’s engines to rotate the wheels and make the car move efficiently. Through its different gears, you can climb a hill or speed through the highway. Without a good transmission, your car won’t move at all!

Watch the video below to understand how automatic transmission works.

 

Here’s how to maintain your car’s transmission

Check your owner’s manual for the maintenance schedule for your transmission.

Don’t rely on what your dealership or mechanic tells you. You need to be active in ensuring that the transmission fluid is at the right level. Most car manufacturers recommend transmission fluids to be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. It is easy to neglect this. But if you consult your manual, you should be able to schedule this type of maintenance without a glitch.

You also need to make sure that you are using the correct transmission fluid for your car. Consult your owner’s manual to check the right fluid. If you want to do things the DIY way, don’t let your transmission fluid go beyond the line that indicates the maximum amount of fluid.

Your car’s transmission fluid’s color should be bright red. If your car has a dipstick for your transmission fluid, check it out and wipe the dipstick on a light-colored or white piece of cloth. It should also smell a little bit sweet. If you are not the DIY-type, please consult a professional if you want to drain and replace your transmission fluid.

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Top driving mistakes that new drivers make

If you’re a new driver, you can make a lot of mistakes. You’re probably nervous or worried that you may hit a pedestrian or hit the curb or bump onto a stationary object. Sometimes new drivers don’t even know that they have made some mistakes. Let’s take a look at some of the top driving mistakes that new drivers make.

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Important Tips For First Driving Lessons

Driving is an interesting rite of passage. You will be able to go wherever you want without relying on anyone else. Before that happens, though, you will need your first driving lessons. In most families, parents teach their kids the basics of driving. Busy parents, on the other hand, may enroll a son or daughter to a driving class.

On your first driving lessons, you’ll probably be excited and nervous. How can you drive this big piece of metal without killing anyone or crashing into a wall. It doesn’t matter if you’re 17 or 40, you’d still feel some uncertainty or even fear as you start your first driving lessons.

What will you do on the first day of driving lessons?

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5 Distractions While Driving

We are living in the age of distraction–at work, at home, and even when driving. Makes you wonder how technology can sometimes endanger our lives. With a myriad of improvements on technology, we humans learn to adapt and sometimes use these technologies for things that they are not meant for.

However, technology isn’t the only source of distraction while driving. There are internal and external stimuli that could distract us while driving. Here’s the list of top 5 distractions that drivers need to pay attention to.

Top 5 Distractions while Driving

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What are the Consequences of Drunk Driving

It starts out with a justification that “it doesn’t hurt to drink a round or two…” but before you know it, you got drunk. And then decide to drive home anyway.

This is a very dangerous situation! Unfortunately, a lot of traffic fatalities, especially at night, are caused by drunk driving. According to the CDC, one out of every three vehicle deaths is due to alcohol consumption. Despite all the strict legal norms, educational programs, public awareness campaigns and warnings, a lot of drivers take this matter lightly. They still try to drive home even when they are heavily intoxicated.

If you decide to drive while drunk, you’re not just risking your life, but also the lives of the people around you. This is against the law. Continue reading

7 Important Parking Tips For New Drivers

New drivers tend to be nervous to drive, especially on the interstate. But sometimes, parking correctly can induce an entirely different level of worry. Parking can be very stressful. You may even feel the pressure as you are pulling into the parking lot with so many cars waiting behind you.

If you get nervous with parking, here are a few tips to help you out.

1. When buying a car, look for one with parking sensors.

Technology has provided a lot of new car features. Newer cars now have parking assist, and short-term self-driving capability. Heck, I once saw my boss’s Ford Taurus park itself on a curb. If you buy a car with parking sensor, your driving life will definitely be easier as you learn to rely on this parking sensor.  Continue reading

Should You Drive Long Distances at Night: Benefits and Risks

If you’re going on a road trip, you cannot avoid cities on the way. City driving means horrendous traffic! The alternative is to drive long distances at night. You can avoid traffic, but you run the risk of driving while sleepy, or even falling asleep! This article explores the benefits and risks of driving long distances at night.

Benefits of Driving at Night

Driving at night is enjoyable and can even be relaxing at times. Short night rides are great way to relieve stress and can give great pleasure to your mind. It is when nature itself seems be at peace with itself. You get to see the sunset and then drive in the darkness. Continue reading