Buying a car is an exciting time in life. You can’t help but want to take it out on the open road and see what it’s capable of. Of course, you also want to baby it and make sure it stays looking great, which can be easier said than done if you happen to have kids. So how do you go about making your car child-friendly and looking as good as possible for as long as possible?
Well, here are some tips that you can use to help protect your car without affecting the comfort level.
Install the Car Seat
First things first, no matter what vehicle you own you need to make sure it allows adequate room for a car seat. If it doesn’t, then it’s time to head out in search of a new vehicle at a place such as BMW Scotland. If you have more than one child in a car seat, again you want to be sure each seat has enough space to be installed properly and safely.
Most new vehicles now feature tethers and lower iso fix anchors that are meant to be used with today’s car seats. It makes the seat more safe and secure, plus installation is fast and easy.
Protect the Seats
Because your child will be in a car seat and then a booster seat for quite some time, it can leave some rather deep imprints on the seat. Kids are also prone to spills and messes, which can leave stains. It’s a good idea to use a seat protector under the car seat and booster seat to protect the fabric. These are very inexpensive and some are even washable.
It doesn’t matter if you spend long or short amounts of time in the car – kids tend to get bored rather quickly. With that said it’s best to be prepared and have entertainment options onboard. Today, many vehicles come equipped with built-in TVs and DVD players. If not, you can always purchase a portable one meant for cars or bring a tablet along with you.
Another tip is to build your own bag of goodies. Use a bag or a small storage bin that is accessible to the kids and is filled with activities. Popular activities include word searches, colouring books and crayons, blank notepads for doodling, travel board games, and a deck of cards.
Always Carry Snacks with You
If your kids are bottomless pits when it comes to food, then you’re going to want to make sure you always have a selection of snacks available in the car. You’ll want to pick items that are easy to eat while travelling and pack a powerful punch of protein. Granola bars are an excellent option as they fit all the must-have criteria. It’s also a good idea to have a few bottles of water in the car.
One thing that people sometimes forget is that if you’re going to be offering snacks you’ll also want some sort of small plastic bag for rubbish to keep things clean.
It’s About Being Prepared
Making your car child-friendly really comes down to one simple rule and that’s to be prepared for anything that comes your way!
*This is a collaborative post*