Parents’ Guide to Buying, Maintaining, and Driving a Family Car

Being a parent is exciting and sometimes can be a cause for concern and worry. And since you want your child to be safe and secure in the car or wherever they are, we are providing this guide for parents to buy, maintain, and drive a family car.

This article is long, but it is divided into several sections. Feel free to skip to the part that you need to read and make sure to take action.

Parents Guide to Buying a Family Car

There are so many things to consider when you are expecting. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time or your 4th time. You need to consider a thousand things before the baby arrives in your life–gear that you need for the baby, how to make your home safe for the little one, and how to ensure that your baby has everything she needs.

One of the biggest things that parents need to do is to choose a family car. You may already have a car that you use for your daily commute. But will that be enough for your new family’s needs?

If you are thinking of buying a family car, there are several things you need to consider.

Budget

I hate to start with money considerations. But that’s the truth. Having a baby is expensive! There’s no going around that fact. You will need to buy a car seat, a crib, feeding bottles, pack and play, bassinet, and a thousand other things you will need inside and outside the home.

This will be a personal decision that you need to run by your spouse or partner. Take a good look at your personal financial situation and decide on what you can afford. This will give you an idea of what options you can realistically take.

Don’t skimp on the essentials. The other considerations below should give you a good idea of the essentials that you cannot sacrifice. There are many options for you out there.

You can buy a new car or a used car for your family. But it will help you prioritize your needs for the baby and for your whole family.

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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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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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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

What You Need to Know about Different Car Body Types

If you are looking for a car to buy, you should consider the car body type that you want. There are plenty to choose from, but the most popular ones are the Sedan and SUVs. While the aesthetics of the car is important, consider the functions and space that you will need.

Some car body types are not very popular, partly because of stigma surrounding them. Consider the minivan. It is unpopular because those driving these types of cars are associated with “soccer moms”–mothers of kids and teenagers who need to store a lot of sports gear and other things for their kids in the cargo area. Because of its resemblance with the minivan, hatchbacks have also received a similar backlash.

But you really shouldn’t care about what others think of your own car. When you consider the form and function that you need, then just go for it. Here are the different car body types.

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The Best Dash Cam Reviews

This post is pretty long–we present the best dash cam reviews, but before doing so, we will explore the importance of having a dashboard camera, and then we’ll look at the top dashboard cams for you to check out.

Imagine yourself driving safe and steady and suddenly another driver hits your car either in front of you or behind you. In cases like this, your word can be put against the word of the other driver. But if you have a dashboard camera, it can record what really happened and the police, as well as your insurance, can determine who really was at fault.

In case you are wondering what a dashboard camera really is – it is a video camera is mounted on the dashboard of a vehicle in order to record videos during driving. Dash cams are known by several different names including in-car camera, Digital Video Recorders or DVRs.

Although they are called dashboard cameras, they are often mounted on the windshield to capture better quality videos. Several kinds of dash cams are also available based on features and quality.

Dual lens cameras can record both the driver and the forward facing views simultaneously. The only difference between a conventional camera and a dash cam is that the latter has the ability to start recording automatically when it detects the car’s motion. You don’t need to turn it on and press the record button every single time.

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A dash cam automatically makes space for newer videos by deleting the older ones. Thus, you can virtually record videos, hands-free.

Dashboard cams have become very popular in recent times. Not too long ago, they were used mainly by the police. Thanks to te reduction of prices, ordinary people like you and me can now buy them and install them in our cars.

Some HD dashcams are available for prices lower than $50. Thanks to advances in technology, as well as the low cost of manufacturing (primarily in China), companies are able to offer prices these low.

But don’t make prices your sole criteria in buying a dashcam, It should be reliable and of good quality to make sure that videos captured are clear and crisp. You wouldn’t want a dashboard camera that can only last for a month, you want something that could last for a long time.

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